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chutney + (-fication)= chutnification meaning “the process of becoming chutney

.[1][2] Chutney is a sauce or a dry base for a sauce, originating from the Indian subcontinent, used with the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent dishes like Dosa, Idli etc., that can include such forms as a spicy coconut dip, a tomato relish, a ground peanut garnish or a dahi, cucumber, and mint dip. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is not the first novel to exhibit or employ chutnification. More-or-less, all the post-colonial writers tried this in some way or other. For example, Chinua Achebe’s seminal trilogy Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God as well as Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood were written long before Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. But those novels were more busy at ‘creating’ history without proper documentations to challenge the historylessness the Igbo people or Swahili Community was ‘suffering from’ therefore remain in the ‘fictions only’ category.


  1. ^ Krishnamurthy, Sarala (3 September 2018). "The chutnification of English: An examination of the lexis of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children"". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ Crane, Ralph J. (1992). The Chutnification of History. Inventing India. pp. 170–189. doi:10.1057/9780230380080_8. ISBN 978-1-349-39062-5.