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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Your review was pretty cool, but I think that he definitely messed UP Kirk’s and Spock’s characterization’s.
East, West – Wikipedia
I don’t care HOW well written this was, he messed with my Trek. Nobody messes with my Trek. Wednesday, March 23, Chekov and Zulu. I thought that the story best exemplified the connection that Rushdie was trying to make between the West and the East, and the chdkov used the overlying humor of the two diplomatic agents love and understanding of the iconic characters from the Starship Enterprise to examine the serious nature of the connection between England and the terrorism that afflicted India and caused the death of some of its great leaders.
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. Chekov and Zulu reside in London, and are on a mission from a their government to discover who is behind the attack.
The two men endlessly liken their mission to an adventure from the Star Trek television show, which is endlessly humorous. 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. Chekov, in his spare time, makes money by entertaining wealthy business men, who donate money to the Indian government. Zulu on the other hand, is a simple family man who prefers to focus only on the mission at hand.
Clearly the characters were deeply affected by the American television show, even though Chekov admits that they never saw the show as children and simply used their imaginations to create legends around the characters they had heard of.
Short Story Month: Story#12: Salman Rushdie’s “Chekov and Zulu”
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. In America, people like this are referred to as Trekkies, and are generally written off as nerds regardless of what they do in life. However, these two Indian trekkies are more like James Bond than they are like Geeks.
They know how to lose tails and infiltrate terrorist cells to retrieve secret documents that they can then give to their government, who can in turn use them to take down sleeper cells in their own country.
In reality, these revolutionists were often the starting point for bloody struggles and terrorist organizations. But not, apparently, in certain circumstances, yours. Clearly Zulu has a much different opinion than Chekov.
Rushdie uses humorous and serious chemov to contrast the allure of western culture like Star Trek with the ominous implication of Western governments in Eastern problems. This, in turn creates an extremely fun story to read and ponder, as well as it instills a respect for my inner geek.
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