British Indian writer Salman Rushdie's life has been a ride, with its own ups and downs but exciting nevertheless. Be it his Booker prize win that brought him in the limelight, his controversial novel The Satanic Verses or his ladyloves, life has been anything but boring for the author.
As Salman Rushdie turns 62 today, his stature grows as high as the height of his girlfriends.
One look at his eyes is enough to understand why we refer to his style of writing as 'magical realism'. The dominant theme of his work is his many connections, disruptions and migrations between east and west.
While Midnight's children got him Booker prize and a lot of appreciation, his fouth novel The Satanic Verses (1988) brought him flak and fatwas from Muslims.
He was appointed a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature" in June 2007. He also holds the highest rank — Commandeur — in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. On June 16, 2007, Rushdie was awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
His latest novel The Enchantress of Florence was published in June 2008. In July 2008, Midnight's Children won a public vote to be named the Best of the Booker, the best novel to win the Booker Prize in the award's 40-year history.
Salman Rushdie has now planned to adapt his novel Midnight's Children in a film, to be directed by Deepa Mehta. Apart from the screenplay, the author would also play a small role in the film.
Salman Rushdie dons another creative hat, as he has made cameo appearances in some of the contemporary films, Bridget Jones's Diary and Then She Found Me.