Saturday, March 10, 2007

Our lives teach us who we are - Rushdie

"It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book.
You just have to shut it.

A book is a version of the world.
If you do not like it, ignore it;
or offer your own version in return."

Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay on 19 June 1947. He went to school in Bombay and at Rugby in England, and read History at King's College, Cambridge, where he joined the Cambridge Footlights theatre company.

After graduating, he lived with his family who had moved to Pakistan in 1964, and worked briefly in television before returning to England, beginning work as a copywriter for an advertising agency.

His first novel, Grimus, was published in 1975. His second novel, the acclaimed Midnight's Children, was published in 1981.

The Satanic Verses, lead to accusations of blasphemy against Islam and demonstrations by Islamist groups in India and Pakistan.

The orthodox Iranian leadership issued a fatwa against Rushdie on 14 February 1989 - effectively a sentence of death - and he was forced into hiding under the protection of the British government and police.

Salman Rushdie is Honorary Professor in the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

He was made Distinguished Fellow in Literature at the University of East Anglia in 1995.

He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 1993 and the Aristeion Literary Prize in 1996, and has received eight honorary doctorates.

He was elected to the Board of American PEN in 2002.

Dear Children, This article is from my today's reading. Love, Amma-Naana