These days Tamil Nadu ministers have fixed a ritual before speaking in the assembly. As a preamble to the exercise, they get CM Jayalalitha’s blessings and hand over a huge bouquet to her. Only then do they open their mouths in the assembly. Another routine now is whenever she sanctions grants to a particular department, the minister in charge will spin a poem in Amma’s praise in the assembly. So it was that recently the education minister released a CD containing an audio-visual presentation of the initiatives he’s undertaken, each one, of course, after getting Jayalalitha’s blessings. The next obvious step, snigger critics, will be a feature film in praise of Her.
Infosys man N.R. Narayana Murthy, usually a picture of optimism, has turned cynic of late. Recently, after receiving his honorary doctorate at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University, Hyderabad, he lambasted the country’s education record. He says we have created a system where youngsters in their 20s become unhappy individuals by 40. Murthy also hit out at the current political system which allows netas to keep people poor and illiterate. And referring to his name figuring in the list of candidates for president, Murthy said that’s a no-show. It’s quite a spectacle nowadays—those who are not in the race keep ruling themselves out!
It’s love and it still makes the world go around, at least it does for our ex-UN man Shashi Tharoor and his wife of two years, Sunanda Pushkar. The romance was built over much trial and tribulation. Tharoor’s short-lived ministerial stint, his Twitter gaffes, Sunanda’s Kochi Tuskers controversy, it’s weathered them all. At the dos that Congressmen host, the two can be seen sauntering in hand-in-hand, cooing to each other, Sunanda sometimes in knee-high cowgirl boots and Tharoor his usual dapper self, very much the love-lorn newly-weds. And now they’re apparently looking to enshrine their story in the form of a book. A well-informed source, perhaps a trifle jealous, told us the couple are looking for a writer to put the love saga down in print. But pray why, when Tharoor himself has a ‘Great Indian Novel’ under his belt?
Ex-Punjab CM Amarinder Singh may be lying low after the assembly poll rout, but he and his journalist friend from Pakistan, the beautiful Aroosa Alam, continue to create a buzz in Chandigarh. Last week, attendance by the city’s chatterati went up at the popular Sukhna lake when they came to know that Aroosa prefers to take her evening walks here when she’s visiting. Aroosa sightings are a full-time occupation of some Punjab Congressmen now, reconciled as they are to another five years out of power.
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