Salman Rushdie Age, Wife, Children, Biography, Facts & More
Bio Real NameAhmed Salman Rushdie ProfessionNovelist, Essayist Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm in meters- 1.70 m in Feet Inches- 5’ 7” Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 85 kg in Pounds- 187 lbs Eye ColourBrown Hair ColourSalt & Pepper (Semi-Bald) Personal Life Date of Birth19 June 1947 Age (as in 2017)70 Years Birth PlaceBombay (now Mumbai), British India Zodiac sign/Sun signGemini Signature
Some Lesser Known Facts About Salman Rushdie
Does Salman Rushdie smoke: Not Known
Does Salman Rushdie drink alcohol: Yes
Rushdie was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), British India to a Muslim family of Kashmiri heritage. His father, Anil Rushdie, was once dismissed from the prestigious Indian Civil Services (ICS) after the British government found out that he had produced a forged date of birth proof.
It is believed that the husband of Rushdie’s maternal aunt is the mind behind Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency- Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Rushdie turned down a scholarship offered by Balliol College, Oxford to attend Kings College, Cambridge, the same college from which his father had once graduated. However, unlike his father who was a bright student, Rushdie could only manage a below-average grade point score of 2.2.
After finishing college, Rushdie made an unsuccessful attempt at acting and production; he worked as a small time actor in London, a television station producer in Karachi and even tried his hands at writing.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Rushdie worked as a copywriter for advertising agencies like Ogilvy & Mather, and Ayer Barker. During his stint with the latter, he wrote many popular slogans for a number of companies like American Express (That’ll do nicely), Aero Chocolates (“irresistibubble”), etc.
Salman Rushdie had a disastrous beginning to his writing career as his debut book, Grimus, could barely sell a few copies. However, things turned back in his favour, 6 years later, when the author published his second book titled ‘Midnight’s Children’. Not only did the book become a huge hit among readers from all walks of life, it also fetched him the prestigious Booker Prize.
All was going well in his life until he wrote the highly controversial book- The Satanic Verses (1988), which reportedly portrays Islam and Prophet Muhammad in a bad light. Rushdie had to ‘run’ for his life when the spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini issued a Fatwa on Radio Tehran for Rushdie’s execution. Widespread violence and riots broke out across the world, forcing Rushdie to spend the next 10 years of his life under police protection.
Even during these hard times, Rushdie did not stop writing, Fortunately enough, this time he chose children’s stories, a subject that was least likely to create another controversy!
When Iran restored peaceful relations with Britain in 1998, it released a statement which allowed Rushdie to heave a sigh of relief. “The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention, nor is going to take any action whatsoever to threaten the life of the author of the Satanic Verses, or anybody associated with that work, nor will it encourage or assist anybody to do so,” read the statement.
Known for amalgamating magical realism with historical fiction, Rushdie, in 2008, was ranked 13th among Times Magazine’s 50 greatest British writers.
As of July 2017, Rushdie has penned 12 fiction and 4 non-fiction books, all of which have been translated into over 40 languages.