Last week I met some of the young MPs who had been elected. They were mostly from the Congress.
I met Pratap Bajwa who had defeated film star-turned MP Vinod Khanna from Gurdaspur. His lament: “During the election people were saying Vinod Khanna is losing but they never once mentioned who was defeating him. After the election they kept saying that Vinod Khanna lost. Again they forgot to mention who trounced him”. Read more
I feel very sorry for BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani. Not because his Party did badly in the elections but because minions within the BJP and people outside it, have started rubbishing him.
All through last year I have watched some of my colleagues bend over backwards to pay obeisance to him. Not because they liked him but because he was then potentially Prime Minister in waiting. I also watched his critics seeking appointments because they figured it was better to reopen channels with someone who may occupy South Block. Read more
When my interior designer friend Enakshi Bakshi called to say that I figured in the latest issue of Society magazine my heart missed a beat. What on the earth for? In an article on Amitabh Bachchan and Sonia Gandhi she said. I had not written on both for a while. So what was the reference? “Oh” said Enakshi “what you said about actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan years ago”. Read more
When my bureaucrat friend Pavan Varma, currently Director General Indian Council of Cultural Relations, mentioned that he is off to Bhutan as India’s ambassador, my mind went back to 1991. That was the year that Bhutan’s ruler King Jigme Singye Wangchuk had granted me an audience. My photographer and I were royal guests for ten eventful days. Read more