1.In The Ground Beneath her Feet (1)we read about the invisible membrane that separates the Rest from the West- a membrane that is difficult to cross as it stretches everywhere to keep the pilgrims of these crossings within the emotional worlds it demarcates. Rushdie's book is a celebration of his tearing through, his breaking on through to the other side: to America, to New York, to the site of rubble now devastated by the Boeings made to fly and crash in the service of first Ajihad" of the new Christian millennium. He must be staring at the tatters of the membrane with awe. Yesterday's Rushdie, the author still caught in the membrane was the jihad=s seismographer. The new Rushdie has left all that behind. He is more concerned with the earthquakes of love and rebirth. The carnage in New York though, demands yesterday's author.