International model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s heart warming and extremely honest memoir is grabbing eyeballs. In the book titled ‘Love, Loss and what we ate’, Padma has revealed many personal and intimate details about her life. Talking about her ex husband, the very famous Salman Rushdie, Padma mentioned that Rushdie was insensitive to her medical conditions and demanded frequent sex. When her undiagnosed endometriosis diminished Lakshmi’s sex drive, the unsympathetic Rushdie became furious that she was unavailable for the fevered, urgent intimacy they’d once enjoyed, according to the book.
Padma and Salman married in the year 2004 and divorced in 2007.
Padma also narrated in her book a horrific molestation incident that shook her in her childhood. She wrote, “One night, I woke up to his hand in my underpants. He took my hand and placed it inside his briefs. I don’t know how many times it happened before, since I suspect I slept through some incidents. Once you take a girl’s innocence, you can never get it back. What I remember more is telling my mother what happened and her believing me and then she and I telling someone else that it happened and that person not believing me. And then the next week, I was sent to India. In retrospect however, he should have been the one to go. Years later, in tears, my mother would acknowledge this grave mistake.”
When asked how her daughter Krishna would react to the book when she is old enough to read it, Padma said that she herself would be an open parent and explain these issues to her daughter when she is old enough to understand. She said that all kids do realise at some point in their lives that their parents are also human.
When Padma’s daughter Krishna was conceived in 2010, Padma was apparently not aware who the father was. It was revealed after a paternity test that the father of her child was Adam Dell, who was one of the guys she was dating during the time.