Anita Desai, in her psychological novels, presents the image of a suffering woman preoccupied with her inner world, her sulking frustration and the storm within: the existential predicament of a woman in a male dominated society. Through such characters, she makes a plea for a better way of life for women. Her novels have Indians as central characters, and she alternates between female-centered and male-centered narrative. Her later novels, written since she moved to the USA, reveal all the characteristics of diasporic fiction, that is, a concern with the fate of immigrants, and a growing distance from the reality of India, which is viewed from the outside.
Controversial magical realist Salman Rushdie has not only made it to the Bookers four times, but he has also won the ‘Booker of Bookers’ and ‘The Best of the Booker’ prizes as well! And the latter wins were for the novel that won him his first Booker – ‘ Midnight’s Children ’ – in 1981. ‘Shame’ (1983), ‘The Satanic Verses’ (1988) and ‘The Moor’s Last Sigh’ (1995) were the other novels that landed him in the finalists’ list in those years.