From the mythical Orient of the East to the surreal metropolis of the. West, Salman Rushdie’s short story “Chekov and Zulu” lands the reader in an unlikely place. All about Chekov and Zulu [short fiction] by Salman Rushdie. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. The title characters in Salman Rushdie’s “Chekov and Zulu” (from the collection East, West) are the code names for two Indian Sikh intelligence.

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Inthe year when East, West was published, violence against the Sikhs diminished, although other conflicts arose.

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Midnight’s Children film with Deepa Mehta. Chekov and Zulu are the two main characters, and we never learn their real names, although Rushdie does tell us that Zulu is a Sikh. In the end, the story comes down to a commentary on the racism that Chekov and Zulu are investigating.

Collected Nonfiction — Joseph Anton: The book is divided into three main sections, entitled “East”, “West”, and “East, West”, each section containing stories from their respective geographical areas in the “East, West” section both worlds are influenced by each other. The Vintage Book of Indian Writing co-editor.


This hobby carries over into their adult lives, as we see that Zulu has Star Trek figurines on his mantle and his wife has been forced to watch endless episodes. Chekov is the brains behind the operation, whereas Zulu is the one who will be embedded in the terrorist organization, who they call the Klingons. Click here to cancel reply.

This page was last edited on 18 Marchat You are commenting using your Twitter account. By using this site, you agree to the Terms ad Use and Privacy Policy. He was intended to not be notably Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Filipino, etc. Nobody messes with my Trek. Works by Salman Rushdie.

Why Chekov and Zulu?

Chekov on the other hand is obviously Russian. But there is one important difference: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The influence and travels of Indians and Indian culture is also shown in the West.

Zhu Que April 14, at 9: He is played by a Russian actor whose father was a known communist.

Their honor and devotion are challenged and they must bend over backwards to prove themselves and survive in their world.

When you take a closer look at the characters it all makes sense. Squarf Golden Essays for You. So why did Rushdie choose these two characters instead cnekov say, Spock and Kirk?


Indira Gandhi was the first and chekkov date the only female Prime Minister of the Republic of India has had. Interestingly enough, Chekov and Zulu received their names from two fictional characters from Star Trek, which inwas widely popular.

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Zulu on the other hand, is a simple family man who prefers to focus only on the mission at hand. The two men endlessly liken their mission to an adventure from the Star Trek television show, which is endlessly humorous.

Wednesday, March 23, Chekov and Zulu. Over the next few days, mobs ran through the streets of New Delhi and other parts of India, killing several thousand Sikhs. Home Golden Papers Contact Us. To what extent has the conservative party Cehkov The relationship between madness and the city.