New Delhi: An American model and well renowned personality Padma Laxmi wrote a autobiography describing her marriage which did not came to be a happy ending.In her autobiography she revealed some facts which were the reason for her unsuccessful marriage with Salman Rushdie.
At the age of 45,Padma is one of the topmost judges on the US television show “Top Chef.” She also told about her relationship with the Mumbai born booker prize winning author in “love loss” and “what we ate.”
According to ‘People’ magazine, Padma told that she wanted her own identity. She was making transition out of one stage of her life into another.
Padma and Rushdie met in 1999 at a party in New York when Padma was 28, while Rushide was 51 and married. Rushide and Padma got married in the year 2004, dividing their time between London where Rushide son’s lived and in New York.
Padma also writes about the changes which came in Rushdie after some years of marriage. She said that Rushdie was insensitive towards her feelings and labelled Padma ‘a bad investment.’ Padma said, "It's not that I didn't want to be there for him, but something was very deeply wrong. And I didn't understand it. And that caused a whole lot of misunderstanding."
According to ‘Daily Telegraph’ when nobel prize was given to another writer for excellent work Rushdie took it very hard and required consolation. After sometime Padma divorced Rushdie in 2007 and got involved with Ted Fortsmann , the billionaire chief executive of sports and artist management company IMG, who died in 2011 at the age of 71. Now she has a six-year old daughter with venture capitalist Adam Dell. Till now Rushide has not responded to his ex-wife’s claims so far. After his marriage ended with Padma , Rushdie said , "It's strange, given that I've been married four times, but I actually don't think marriage is necessary."
Rushdie, who served as President of PEN American Center from 2004 to 2006, became centre of a major controversy after he wrote his controversial fourth novel 'The Satanic Verses' in 1988, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. He got several life threats, following which a Fatwa was also issued in his name by Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989 (which was later revived on 14 February 2014) calling for his assassination.
(Written by Lipika Kotwal)