12 May, 2021

That Lotus Pond Muck On Mt Sinai

Rushdie as a randy, callous, envy-filled geriatric. Padma is all poison ink in her revenge memoir. We, the voyeurs.

Rushdian Gaze
Padma’s shoots, to Rushdie, are ‘sex with hundreds of men’
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That Lotus Pond Muck On Mt Sinai

Rushdie According To Padma

Rushdie needed consoling every year he did not win the Nobel Prize, and their marriage was marred by jealousy and insecurity.

Rushdie needed constant care and feeding—not to mention frequent sex. Rushdie was insensitive to a medical condition that made intercourse painful for her.

When Padma started devoting more time to her profession, he felt sidelined. “I just wanted to also do something else on my own. I just wanted my own identity.”

Rushdie described her as “a bad investment” after she refused his sexual advances, and painted him as a cold and heartless husband.


There’s something about watching former lovers fight publicly that brings out a little bit of the voyeur in us all. The air hangs heavy with a spoor of betrayal and regret, and we wonder just what juicy and intensely perso­nal bullets of warfare will be unleashed as the spat gets dirtier and nastier. Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar,...

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