Asia’s answer to the Lord of the Rings

Jin Yong’s wuxia is a repository of Indo-Chinese folklore

My family often spent the summer school break with my grandparents in Mumbai. Their’s was a home of rituals. One of these was eating a bowl of yogurt after lunch. No protestations were allowed or entertained. My grandfather liked to ripen fruit, such as mangoes and litchis in straw baskets, under his bed. The most important thing was the afternoon siesta. Mats were put up to block the strong afternoon sun and bedspreads rolled out. Everyone passed out for a few hours…