You might have noticed that Salman Rushdie has been lately, very much in the news. Nope, not that it had anything to do with getting together once again with Padma Lakshmi.
Rather, it was for various topical issues, not in the least though, for one that was aimed at a certain official in the Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games:
“That official who claimed that we in India have lower standards of hygiene, he should be spanked very severely,” he suggested.
Next came opinion backed with facts, no doubt, about how today’s writers live in dangerous times.
“We have to understand that these are days in which writers themselves, not just novelists, not just playwrights and poets, but journalists as well are in more danger perhaps than they’ve ever been,” Rushdie said in an address to a conference of risk-management professionals, meeting in Edmonton.
Bloggers like us needn’t worry, it appears!
The latest news, of course, is about his new book. With Luka and the Fire of Life, Rushdie returns to the Khalifa family that he wrote about in his earlier book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This new book is dedicated to his younger son, Milan.
We can’t wait to have this book on our shelves. Keep coming back here to check on its availability with us.
PS: As an aside, this book’s title reminds us of that ’80’s hit Luka by Suzanne Vega. All of you who belong to that generation, might want to lend an ear to this tune of yesteryear!