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Padma Lakshmi chips in

LONDON, JAN. 8. Actor and model Padma Lakshmi, wife of the writer Salman Rushdie, was among those who undertook relief work for the tsunami victims.

"Salman and I were staying with my family in Chennai when the tsunami struck," Lakshmi told The Daily Telegraph.

"We actually felt the earthquake, but had no idea what it meant and carried on as normal until the wave struck. We weren't allowed on to the beach until Monday.

"When Salman and I got there, it was just utter devastation; like a giant had stomped on all the little fisherman huts on the sand. It was unbelievably sad,"' she said.

"I have a cousin there, who runs a catering company. So I asked him to make up parcels of rice and lentils which I could give out to those affected."The Booker Prize-winning writer and his wife were holidaying in Chennai when the disaster struck.

— PTI

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