Thus in the end, Mrs Gandhi would confront Saleem and take his life, but not before Saleem had made the prophecy that her downfall was near and that while she is busy fighting ghosts of midnight's children, the living ghosts of her real actions would catch up on her and finish her (you could do this as you have the advantage of history now which he did not have when the book came out).
And that the many children of the original midnight and many others after that, would reclaim the nation and bring it to the glory it rightly deserved.
This element would not only have been in consonance with the rest of the story, but would also have rounded it up in a believable, yet ironic and iconic simile.
Sadly, that is not to be, and what we are left with is one of the most brilliant novels ever written from which one of the most mediocre screenplays ever was eked out – both, surprisingly, by the same man.
(Satyen K Bordoloi is an independent film critic, writer and photojournalist based in Mumbai.
His writings on cinema, culture and politics have appeared nationally and globally.)