Listening to a great Writer

I don’t know how many of you have read any of Salman Rushdie’s works. His writing is very different. People either cannot stand his writing, or just love him for the way he writes. Saadia and I like his work a lot. I agree that a couple of his books are not on my best read books list. ANYWAY,

He was in St. Louis on Saturday. He was speaking to the Opera Theater of St. Louis, which was producing his book Shalimar The Clown. This World Premier will be held in St. Louis in June of this year. Needless to say, Saadia and I were enthralled by the way he spoke and read passages from his book. And now we are so looking forward to going to the Opera in June.

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Rushdie is seen seated second from left. He is the man who has written The Satanic Verses, for which the Iranian government has issued a fatwa that he should be killed for the blasphemy. Whatever!

I thought he was fantastic, very well spoken, from my neck of the woods in India, and I loved listening to him. Saadi was beside herself. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a photo op! 😦  It would have been nice if there was time to autograph the books. But we already knew that that was not possible, so we didn’t take our copies with us. This is the name of the book which will be premiered as the opera in June.

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Since we were in St. Louis, we decided that we had to go to Saks Fifth Avenue where I get my perfumes. Me and my perfumes! Those ladies know me and my taste so well. Saadi and I had a wonderful lunch at the Zodiac in Niemen Marcus, and shopped a little before returning home.

IMG_1872 (1)What do you think of these blooms. God, I love orchids!

IMG_1876 (1) That’s all. Good night.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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25 Responses to Listening to a great Writer

  1. mrswrangler says:

    Looks like you guys had a great time

  2. slmret says:

    I hate to admit that I’ve never read any Salman Rushdie. How fun that you and Saadia enjoy the same books, the same activities! Beautiful orchids, too! For a time after the fatwa, it was hard to find his books in stores — I suppose I should try again now!

    • Zakiah says:

      It was such a good day Janet. Saadi’s birthday is coming up this Sunday, and I thought it would be wonderful to get her a few things while we were out.
      Rushdie’ writing is about the thoughts of his heart, I think. He talks about India, and Kashmir, and the loss of freedom when the land was divided by the riots in 1947. His thoughts reflect my own feelings and I relate to his way of writing. You might want to read the reviews of his books first and then choose, if you so wish to read.

  3. What a great opportunity to see Salman Rushdie and then to have such a lovely mother-daughter outing together!!! 🙂 I’ve been spending lots of time with my mom lately too (don’t have any children). Mother-daughter time is the best! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes indeed, mother/daughter time is such a beautiful thing. Makes for loads of memories that you can call upon whenever you feel the need. I am glad you are spending time with your mother, Elizabeth.

  4. christao408 says:

    He must have such fascinating experiences to share. What a life!

    • Zakiah says:

      Chris, it was one of the finer memories for me. Rushdie is such gifted writer, and a very polished speaker. Totally enjoyed the experience.

  5. I’ve read him and enjoy his work. How nice to hear an author speak…but, especially a favored author.
    I love operas and would love to see that one!
    And YAY for Mom and Daughter time! 🙂
    The orchids are gorgeous and precious…but you and Saadi are even more so!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Absolutely wonderful. And you know what? The hall was packed, and the tickets were sold out— complete success. Now I am so looking forward to going to the opera. 🙂
      Saadi and I had such a marvelous time. 🙂
      Love and hugs.<3

  6. I haven’t read any of his books. Is there one you would recommend?

    • Zakiah says:

      I would recommend Midnight’s Children, Moor’s Last Sigh, and Shalimar The Clown. I have to tell you though, that his books are not page turners like some of the other books that I have read. He talks so much about freedom, which he lost twice, once when India was divided, and the other time when Iran had a fatwa on him to be killed for his Satanic Verses. So I usually take several days to finish his books, reading twenty to thirty pages at a time. Now Saadi, she is a voracious reader, and a speed reader at that. I am just giving you my take on his writing.
      The way he describes his thoughts, and I found that in the way he talked on Saturday, is so close to my own thoughts. He pens them well in his books, and I keep them in my heart.

  7. theinfiniterally says:

    How cool! All the excitement with Rushdie happened when I was quite a bit younger, so reading him is something I’d not thought to do. Knowing that you like his work makes me curious enough to want to! (I note your recommendations above.) I love spending time with my mom. I’m sure it was a wonderful day!

    • Zakiah says:

      It was a wonderful day Mark. I hope you will be able to get one of his books and read it. You have to take it easy with his work though. He is genre all by himself in my opinion. Totally different style of writing. Powerful in my opinion.

      • theinfiniterally says:

        I hear you, and I will take heed. His work sounds very interesting to me now!

  8. rushmorejudd says:

    Is Rushdie making frequent public appearances now? How is he dealing with the fatwa?

    • Zakiah says:

      No one asked him that question while he was discussing his book. I personally think he does care two hoots about the fatwa any more. I am not sure if he is making frequent public appearances. I know he has been knighted, and has won a ton of awards including the prestigious The Man Booker two or three times.

      • rushmorejudd says:

        For quite a while after the fatwa was instigated, he was in hiding and no one knew where he was. Of course, that was quite a few years ago, right after the Satanic Versus was published.

  9. What a special day! I am so glad you got to me Rushdie. He writes from the heart.
    Mother/daughter time is always great. I totally enjoy and cherish the time I get to spend w/my parents.
    Lovely pics as well. Your daughter is as lovely as you are. HUGS

  10. I did not read any of Salman Rushdie’s works but I remember very well his life was (is ) threatened because of the “Satanic verses ” . I have not read these,either . I am not sure his books are translated in French . Probably yes .because he is renowned. I read the comments above and those who read the books keep good memory of that .
    Whatever this gives me the opportunity to admire once more the photo of the mother and the daughter . . Compliments to both you for you beauty.
    BTW you speak of Saint-Louis and the perfumres . I think you know St Louis is a town founded by the Frenchs at the XVIIIth century and its name is related to the French King ‘ s name Louis ..Louisiana at this time was a larger area than now . Perhaps the perfumes you bought came from Paris ? 🙂 I joke of course .
    Very intersting post, zakiah , as always.
    Love ❤

  11. r_hsw says:

    sounds like a great mother-daughter day out.

  12. Zakiah says:

    I like that. And I like the blue icon.

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