On Kahani, instead of glumfishes, the seas are filled with Plentimaw fishes, which are covered with dozens of mouths that all speak in unison and weave new stories together (Rushdie 84-86). Floating gardens can talk and groom story streams. A planet can be held still so that one side is constantly in light and shadows can become sentient beings on the other side. In Oz and on Kahani, anything is possible, which is quite different from Kansas and the Sad City, where every day goes by just as dismally and uneventfully as the one before.
The distinction between the two settings, just like the distinction between dream and reality, are important for keeping children entertained without making adults feel like they are being patronized. Adults know that the world is often boring, sad, and unfair. They do not want film makers or authors to try to tell them that the world works any differently than that. Children are much more optimistic, and much more inclined to see the beauty in the world. Seeing magical, fantastical worlds not only appeals to their fascination with magic and beauty, but also gives them hope that life might remain beautiful and happy and fair. By making these worlds dreamlands, both Rushdie and the producers of The Wizard of Oz, maintained the sense of wonder that excited children, but made it clear to the adults that they were not trying to present this as the real world. Keeping this distinction clear provides realism without compromising the fun and fancy