MAG­I­CAL THINK­ING

India Today - - LEISURE -

The on­go­ing bat­tle be­tween ra­tio­nal­ists and re­li­gious ide­o­logues for do­min­ion over ed­u­ca­tion, science and the his­tor­i­cal record gets a new treat­ment in John Zubrzy­cki’s up­com­ing book Jadoo-wal­lahs, Jug­glers and Djinns: A Mag­i­cal His­tory of In­dia (Pi­cador In­dia, May 2018). Though the sub­ti­tle sug­gests it might have been penned by Di­nanath Ba­tra, if not Naren­dra Modi him­self, this rig­or­ously re­searched and richly il­lus­trated book chron­i­cles how In­dian magic has be­come part of daily rit­ual and pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment.

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