The Shalimar series is (pretty) odd: 11-5-7-3-?

Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage. He asks that the media respect his privacy at this difficult time.” Thus reads a press release issued yesterday.


# Rushdie’s first marriage (Clarissa Luard) 1976 to 1987: 11 years

# Second marriage (Marianne Wiggins) 1988 to 1993: 5 years

# Third marriage (Elizabeth West) 1997 to 2004: 7 years

# Fourth marriage (Padma Lakshmi) 2004 to 2007: 3 years.


Even if you haven’t read The Da Vinci Code and have no knowledge of the Fibonacci Numbers or the Seven Brigdes of Konigsberg, how many years might Rushdie’s fifth marriage last?

Photo courtesy: Press Trust of India/ The Tribune, Chandigarh