Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie has a Kashmiri decent but was born in the city of dreams, Mumbai (then Bombay). His mother Negin Bhatt was a teacher and his father, Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a lawyer-turned-businessman.
His novel, ‘Mightnight’s Children’ made him popular. The novel was published in 1981. Before that, he wrote a novel in 1975 titled ‘Grimus’, which did not achieve much popularity. Midnight’s Children is a story about a child born ‘at the stroke of midnight when India attained independence’. This child is endowed with special powers. The novel gave Rushdie the Booker Prize.
A fatwa was issued against him after his book ‘The Satanic Verses’ was published. This book was banned in 13 Muslim-majority countries.
Today as the author turns 71, we bring you some amazing quotes from him and his works: