The Other Salman

Another Juhu socialite worked her phones. Getting on the guest list of Tom Cruise's Mumbai party was a cakewalk, how does she find her way to Deepa Mehta? Ask Dolly Thakore, Gerson da Cunha, Shyam Benegal and Sudhir Mishra.

Why do women love Rushdie? His prose titillates the imagination and teases the tongue. But the world is divided into those who read and those who don't, and let's face it it is the most unequal divide of all. Meeting Rushdie is a fashionable pursuit these days. It is not only our desire to be perceived as highbrow and scholastic, Rushdie is one of the most famous Indians in the world. Rushdie is celeb-dom's Birkin and Bottega, rolled into one.

In his genteel white dinner jacket, beaming from ear to ear, he emerges from a swanky white car at his premiere's red carpet. Mr Rushdie is suddenly all things: accomplished, lettered, refined and incredibly au courant.

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