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Saturday , November 17 , 2012
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A ‘Flirt’ but fun

Salman Rushdie’s ex-wife Padma Lakshmi has said they had a great time together because the Booker-winning author “was a great wit and flirt”.

In an interview to Playboy, where the Chennai-born supermodel appears in a series of revealing photographs, the 42-year-old has praised Rushdie, 23 years her senior.

“Now there is somebody who has great wit and is a great flirt. I don’t regret a day I spent with Salman, but it was tiring. He has a big life, and it only got bigger when we were together. I’m happy to have stood next to him holding his hand, but we were in very different parts of our lives,” the Top Chef host said.

The marriage lasted three years till 2007. Padma went on to have a daughter, who is named Krishna and is now two years old, with American venture capitalist Adam Dell.

But Rushdie, 65, has not been so generous about Padma, who was his fourth wife.

The writer has described her as a “Millenarian Illusion” in his recently published memoir Joseph Anton, and as someone who was ambitious and celebrity-seeking.

Rushdie admitted Padma’s beauty had swept him over because she “seemed to contain his Indian past and his American future”.

“She was capable of saying things of such majestic narcissism... her moodiness was unpredictable and extreme.”

She was ambitious and was determined to strike out for herself, Rushdie said. “In the end she did.” (PTI)