Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is a writer of essays and fiction, most of which are set on the Indian subcontinent. He was born on June 19, 1947, in Bombay, India.

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Who is Salman Rushdie?

A British-Indian author named Sir Salman Rushdie uses Indian culture and magical realism in his allegorical books to examine historical, political, and religious subjects. Surrealism, comedy, and drama all appear in his work.

His art has a unique potential to pierce through cultural noise because of his willingness to offend and expose apparently “holy” issues in ways that are sometimes seen as disrespectful. Still, it has also brought danger and controversy.

Rushdie is one of the contemporary age’s most significant literary personalities because he publicizes adult and young-adult books to global acclaim.

In addition to highlighting the immense similarities and overlaps between Eastern and Western civilizations, his work also highlights their striking disparities.

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Salman Rushdie Wiki/Biography

Real name Ahmed Salman Rushdie
Profession Novelist, Essayist
Famous For Writing the novels ‘Midnight’s Children’ and ‘The Satanic Verses,’ for which he was accused of using profanity against Islam.
Date of Birth 19 June 1947 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2021) 75 Years
Birthplace Bombay (now Mumbai), British India
Zodiac sign Gemini
Ethnicity Indian (Kashmiri)
Nationality British
Hometown Cambridge, England

Physical Status

Height (approx.) 170 cm
1.70 m
5’ 7”
Weight (approx.) in Kilograms- 85 kg
in Pounds- 187 lbs
Eye Colour Grey
Hair Colour Salt and Pepper (Semi-Bald)


Since he was five years old, he had wanted to be a writer. He began by briefly performing before moving on to do some freelance advertising for over ten years.

“Grimus,” Rushdie’s first novel, was released in 1975. A Native American Eagle who is eternal embarks on an adventure to discover the meaning of existence is the tale’s subject.

Rushdie continued to create advertisements while writing his second novel, “Midnight Children,” published in 1981 after almost five years of labor.

Rushdie’s life became a nightmare due to his novel “The Satanic Verses” (1988). The book’s narrative references several lines from the Quran that were deleted because they dealt with a period in the Prophet’s life that Muslims found distasteful.

As a result, Ayatullah Rahola Khomeini issued a “fatwa,” or “death sentence,” for Rushdie, causing anger across the Muslim world. As a result, the most significant book retailers took his book off the shelf, and Rushdie retreated into hiding.

The book that had so severely offended Muslims was condemned with book burnings all around the globe. Those who openly defended Rushdie were assassinated, and Rushdie found himself the target of several jokes.


His first marriage had similarly been annulled because his wife was in danger of dying. However, Rushdie got married again and had a kid.

Even after publicly apologizing and converting to Islam, Rushdie spent several years living alone. Another Rushdie book, titled “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” was published in 1990.

Hindus also criticized his work, “The Moor’s Last Sigh.” Then, in 1999, the book “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” was released.

It relates the tale of a vocalist whose performance is destroyed in an earthquake.
His work might be characterized as a blend of historical fiction and “magical realism.”

His tales are primarily about migrations to and from the East and West and the incidents between them, which generally occur in the Indian Subcontinent. The Midnights Children, one of his books, won the Booker Prize.

Because of his enormous contribution to English literature, Queen Elizabeth named him a Knight Bachelor in 2007. He is the “Commandeur” of France’s “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.”

In “The Times” list of “The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945,” Rushdie is included as the 13th author.
Rushdie’s most recent book, Luka and the Fire of Life, released in 2010. ‘Fury’ (2001), ‘Shalimar and the Clown’ (2005), and ‘The Enchantress of Florence’ are some of his other works (2008).


In Mumbai, he attended the Cathedral and John Connon School, and in England, Rugby School. He attended King’s College, and like his father, he attended Cambridge University for graduate work, earning a master’s degree in history there in 1968.


In 1947, while Bombay was still a part of the British Empire, Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born there. His mother, Negin Bhatt, worked as a teacher, while his father, Anis Ahmed Rushdie, was a merchant and lawyer.

Despite a problem surrounding his birth date, his father discharge from the Indian Civil Services and eventually settled in Bombay, where he became a prosperous businessman. The lone son and one of four kids, Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie Net Worth

He’s worth roughly $15 million right now.

Salman Rushdie Girlfriend

Rushdie has gone through four divorces and marriages. He married Clarissa Luard in 1976 after meeting her as a literary agent and arts administrator in 1969.

They had a kid named Zafar in 1979. Rushdie divorced Luard in 1987 after having an affair with writer Robyn Davidson in the middle of the 1980s.

In 1988, Rushdie wed novelist Marianne Wiggins. Wiggins fled into hiding with Rushdie when Ayatollah Khomeini issued the fate against him in 1989, traveling from covert place to covert location for many months before making her public appearance to promote her book. In 1993, the couple got divorced.

In 1997, Rushdie wed Elizabeth West. Milan, the couple’s son, was born in 1999. In 2004, they divorced. While still married to West, Rushdie met Padma Lakshmi, a television personality and actress whom he later wed in 2004. In 2007, they got divorced.

Awards & Achievements

  • Awarded the European Union’s Aristeion Prize in 1996.
    • Chosen as the “author of the year” in both Britain and Germany in 1996.
    • Awarded the Booker Prize for his second novel, Midnight’s Children, in 1971.
    • Bestowed with the “Booker of Bookers” for the best novel among the Booker
    Prize winners for Fiction; awarded at its 25th anniversary.
    • Honoured with the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).
    • Won the 2010 Golden Pen Award.

Favorite Things 

Authors/Poets Franz Kafka, Charles Dickens, James Joyce
Books “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Genghis Khan” by Jack Weatherford, “The White Album” by Joan Didion, “Humboldt’s Gift” by Saul Bellow, “Clear Light of Day” by Anita Desai

Salman Rushdie Phone Number

Unfortunately, he did not share his phone number with the public. However, he is very active on social media platforms. So you can contact him through social media and become his friend.

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