Rushdie, Salman

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Rushdie, Salman Gender: M
Ahmed Salman Rushdie
born on 19 June 1947 at 02:30 (= 02:30 AM )
Place Bombay, India, 18n58, 72e50
Timezone IST h5e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 26°46' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 26°31 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 00°13'

Salman Rushdie
photo: David Shankbone, license gfdl


Indian writer, a Moslem famed for the condemnation by the Ayatollah of Iran along with his death sentence given on 2/14/1989, for writing his book "Satanic Verses," 1989. The Muslim community accused him of blasphemy over certain parts of the book, creating such a storm that a death contract was put out on him. Naturally the publicity created a best-seller as he fled incognito to England. The danger was real; his Japanese translator was murdered; his Italian translator was beaten and stabbed; his Norwegian publisher was shot and wounded.

He married American writer Marianne Wiggins in 1988. They began living apart six months after he went into hiding and divorced 3/02/1993. In 1997 he married editor Elizabeth West and the couple had a son in May 1997. Still married to West, Rushdie became a couple with 29-year-old Indian model, author and New York City society girl Padma Lakshi in early 2000. They met the prior July at a literary party.

In March 1999 Rushdie had surgery to lift the upper folds of his eyes. A genetic defect gave him his heavy lidded look and the lack of tone had become so severe that he literally had to hold his lids up with his fingers to see.

His books include "Midnight's Children," "The Moor's Last Sigh" and in 1999, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet."

His book "Fury" was released in late 2001 by Random House and was promptly reviewed as a "stunningly lousy novel."

The author became engaged to his 33-year-old girlfriend, actress-model Padma Lakshmi, and they plan to marry in April 2004. This will be Rushdie’s fourth marriage. They married in Manhattan on April 17, 2004 in a traditional Hindu ceremony.

The author in exile was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on June 15 2007. This latest honor sparked new calls for his death by Islamic militants. Shortly afterward,on July 2, 2007, he announced that he and his fourth wife Padma Lakshmi, age 36, were ending their marriage.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Le Carré, John (born 19 October 1931). Notes: Public feud


  • Social : Great Publicity 14 February 1989 (Ayatollah put out a death contract)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship July 1989 (Seperated from Wiggins)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 2 March 1993 (Divorced Wiggins)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 1997 (Married West, pregnant)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities May 1997 (Son born with West)
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  • Health : Medical procedure March 1999 (Eye surgery to lift his sagging lids)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person July 1999 (Met Padma Lakshmi)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship February 2000 (Affair with Lakshmi)
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  • Work : Lose social status 2001 (Bad reviews for The Fury)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 2004 (became engaged to Padma Lakshmi)
  • Relationship : Marriage 17 April 2004 (married Padma Lakshmi, 23 years his junior)
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  • Work : Prize 15 June 2007 (Knighted by Queen Elizabeth)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 2 July 2007 (Announced end of his marriage to Lakshmi)
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Source Notes

Catriona Mundle quotes him for "approximately 2:30 AM, maybe a bit earlier," given to fellow novelist Ian McEwan whose wife is a friend of Mundle.

(The Astrological Journal of India gives 6:05 AM, no source.)


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Marianne Wiggins)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Start next affair while still married)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Famous : Other Famous (World known death contract on him)