I grew up in Shillong, and like any other family, my father wanted me to be a doctor. I went to St. Columbus in Delhi. It’s funny how people welcomed me because they thought I was Rahul Gandhi. Once I told them the truth, they disappeared.
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A question by a BJP lawmaker in the Lok Sabha about the origins of Ganga and the “effects” of bathing in it left many members amused today as the minister quoted a legend to say that King Bhagirath had brought it. When the question was asked by Prabhatsinh Pratapsinh Chauhan, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too wondered: “what is this? … Is this a question?” Chauhan raised the issue and asked “I want to know who brought the Ganga, why did he bring it?… What effects does bathing in it have”. This odd question left many members smiling while some others were seen having an apparently surprised look on their faces.
“I wanted to be a journalist even before I reached my teens. When I was in the third standard in St Vincent’s High School in Pune, a teacher asked the students what they wanted to be when they grew up. The boy who sat next to me said he wanted to be a pilot. He did. Later, he joined politics. His is a household name today for all sorts of reasons: Suresh Kalmadi.” Famous Journalist and Editor Dileep Padgaonkar once shared this story.
“After briefing the meeting on the presidential election, Sonia Gandhi bid me an emotional farewell…Thereafter, with a mischievous smile she looked at me and said ‘Along with that, of course, I will miss some of his tantrums’,” Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee writes in his book.
One of Shankar’s cartoon published on 17 May 1964, just 10 days before Pandit Nehru death, showed an emaciated and exhausted Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, with a torch in hand, running the final leg of a race, with party leaders Gulzari Lal Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai, Krishna Menon and Indira Gandhi in tow, to which Nehru remarked, “Don’t spare me, Shankar”.