Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi.
Not to be out done by Alicia Keys’ coochie star, Padma Lakshmi arrive showing off her beautiful nipples in a totally see-though sheer dressat the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Gala Dinner attended by President Obama and his wife last Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Throughout the night Pres. Barack Obama must have been thinking how awesome it is to be the President of the United States. The Top Chef host’s dress totally sheer and her boobs were in full view depending what way the wind blew the ruffle at the neckline, her ensemble was riskier than most. Needless to say, Michelle Obama could not have been happy with what she saw as she greeted the guests with her husband. BTW, the monster scarhappen when she was 14 years old. Padma was involved in a serious automobile accident, causing an injury to her right arm that required surgery, which left a 7-inch scar between her elbow and shoulder. Click on pictures to enlarge.
It seemed like a perfect union of literary acclaim and Bollywood glitz. He: a Booker Prize-winning author and one of India’s most acclaimed literary exports. She: a gorgeous model-turned-actress turned cooking-show host. Little wonder then that this week’s announcement that Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi are splitting after just three years of marriage is front page news across India, the country of their births if not their main residence.
More surprising, perhaps, is just how rare divorce still is in India. Only about one in 100 marriages here ends in divorce compared with much higher percentages in the U.S. and in western European countries such as France and Germany. But the divorce rate is now rising in this country. In urban India it has doubled over the past five years, despite the fact that failed marriages remain a cause for shame in much of the country and that divorced people, especially women, continue to face fierce social stigmatization and often find it hard to remarry.
One reason for the rise in the divorce rate is that educated Indian women — or at least educated, middle-class women — now have the option. “Women don’t want to lie down and take it anymore,” says Julie George, a Pune-based lawyer in matrimonial cases. “There is a lot more independence, freedom. Women who work are financially independent and aren’t prepared to put up with a husband who harasses them.” While no one is suggesting that Rushdie was harassing Lakshmi in any way (Indian papers reported that she was seen partying with “another man” recently), the couple is splitting, according to Rushdie’s spokeswoman “because of her desire to end their marriage.”