Padma Lakshmi, who described Salman Rushdie as "lethally eloquent", mentioned his reaction after she featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine. "The only time Newsweek put me on their cover was when someone was trying to put a bullet in my head," he had said
"I don't think India has a bad or a good image. I think India has a very complicated image in the West. There are extraordinary things - both good and bad - about our country. I think India is a source of fascination and mystery to people. They love Indian food; they love the handicraft, which comes from here and the old traditions"