Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who lured Keralites to the lofty plains of Latin American fiction with the deft touch of magical realism, is being celebrated by Google with a Doodle on his 91st birthday.
The colourful Doodle is a take on the magical city of Macondo from his iconic novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Affectionately known as Gabo, the Nobel laureate has penned over 25 books, transporting readers into a world of magical realism where they find themselves in the lush, humid tropics- mouldering into solitude or being slowly consumed by the throes of passion.
According to Google Doodle blogpost, the design has a little fish made of pure gold dazzle the eye with large yellow butterflies, a train that chugs along once in a blue moon.
The only visitors in this magical terrain are the all-knowing, mysterious gypsies, who themselves evolve into strange story plots.
Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca in Colombia. The flamboyant Columbian literary rock star's keen sense of political activism and courage also allowed him to author a number of non-fictional works.
In 1982, Marquez became the first Colombian and only the fourth Latin American author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth and Autumn of the Patriarch, are among his contemporary classics.
Marquez passed away aged 87 on April 17, 2014 in Mexico City.