When Priyanka Gandhi told mediapersons that she looked like her grandmother, Mrs Indira Gandhi’s face flashed in my mind. Nose apart, there were distinct similarities. As there were differences. Priyanka, like her mother and father is white. Mrs Gandhi was fair. Priyanka, being a softer version of Mrs Gandhi, does not instill fear. When she smiles you sense affection. Like in the case of her parents Sonia and Rajiv. Sonia Gandhi may be visibly aloof but there is an underlying warmth about her, if and when she connects. Politics, understandably, has made her wary.
Both Rajiv and Sonia were reluctant politicians. In fact misfit among rogues. Read more
My impression was that she enjoyed politics and was keen to join it quite contrary to what she would like us to believe: a case of Congress wooing her rather than it being the other way around: “Soniaji (Gandhi) had listened to my cassette on women’s empowerment and was impressed…When I was asked to contest the elections against Deve Gowda I said sorry not in my blood. People are crazy about me why should I quit television and seek votes? No Ramesh?” she turned to her good old, forever nodding husband. Read more
I know when Kaushalya Reddy reads this, she will call me and say: But you wrote more about us than dance. Quite true but then the personal life of Reddys put together, is more fascinating than their professional one. They started as a twosome and ended up as a group of five: There is no confusion. Everything is divided among five of us, Kaushalaya Reddy told me. Read more
I knew Sachin Pilot’s dad: an effusive guy who never stopped talking about his past. Quite understandable. Also politically correct because what use is it to be a milkman if the world did not know about it. Therefore Sachin’s dad, Rajesh Pilot, a Congressman till he was alive, spoke more about delivering milk rather than being an air force officer. Read more