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-born British-American novelist whose work often combines magical realism with historical fiction and primarily deals with connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations, typically set on the Indian subcontinent. Rushdie's second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize. The Ayatollah of Iran issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie's assassination on 14 February 1989 for writing his fourth novel The Satanic Verses (1988).

Muslims accused him of blasphemy over certain parts of The Satanic Verses, 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 where the British government put Rushdie under police protection. The danger was real; his Japanese translator was murdered; his Italian translator was beaten and stabbed; his Norwegian publisher was shot and wounded.

His other books include The Moor's Last Sigh (1995) and The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999). His book Fury was released in late 2001 by Random House and was promptly reviewed as a "stunningly lousy novel."

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.

He married American writer Marianne Wiggins in 1988. They began living apart six months after he went into hiding and divorced on 2 March 1993. In 1997 he married editor Elizabeth West and the couple had a son in May 1999. Still married to West, Rushdie became a couple with 29-year-old Indian model, author and New York City society girl Padma Lakshmi in early 2000. They married in Manhattan on 17 April 2004 in a traditional Hindu ceremony.

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

On 12 August 2022 a man stabbed Rushdie viciously and repeatedly after rushing onto the stage where the novelist was scheduled to deliver a lecture at an event in Chautauqua, New York. The 75-year-old Rushdie was airlifted to a trauma centre in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he underwent surgery for his severe injuries.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Le Carré, John (born 19 October 1931). Notes: Public feud
  • spouse relationship with Wiggins, Marianne (born 9 September 1947). Notes: Married 1988-1993


  • Relationship : Marriage 1979 (Clarissa Luard)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 17 June 1979 (Son Zafar was born)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1987 (Clarissa Luard)
  • Relationship : Marriage 23 January 1988 (Marianne Wiggins)
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  • Social : Great Publicity 14 February 1989 (Ayatollah put out a death contract)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship July 1989 (Separated from Wiggins)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 2 March 1993 (Marianne Wiggins)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 28 August 1997 (Elizabeth West, pregnant)
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  • Health : Medical procedure March 1999 (Eye surgery to lift his sagging lids)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 27 May 1999 (Son Milan born with West)
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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 : Marriage 2004 (Elizabeth West)
  • Relationship : Marriage 17 April 2004 (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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  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Victimization 12 August 2022 at 10:47 AM in Chautauqua (Knife attack)
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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.)

Starkman rectified to 2.20.28 IST Asc 27Ari19'.


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Marianne Wiggins, Padma Lakshmi)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Four)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Started affair while still married)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Assault/ Battery victim
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Joseph Anton: A Memoir")
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Famous : Other Famous (World known death contract on him)