24 April 2017 National The Insider

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2017-04-15T10:36:35+0530

Poetic Licence

Pushkin died in a duel, Mar­lowe in a bar brawl. A conference on Indian poetry, which brought 50 poets from across the country to Delhi rec­ently, came quite close. At the finale dinner at India Habitat Centre, as alcohol flowed freely, some poets began mixing their metaphors. A Bengali poet commented on the sexual prowess of a Tamil counterpart, who was there with his wife. This enraged their respective fans, who cried eye-for-an-eye. Soon pun­ches were flying and a few poets ended up at the Lodi Road police station. It took some 3 am VIP phone calls by a senior Delhi poet to save the scene.

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Brotherhood Of The Hills

Known for his reticent ways, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval surprised quite a few ­people in the establishment when he hosted some prominent Garhwalis for lunch recently. The eminent guest list included the new Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, army chief General Bipin Rawat, chief of the country’s external intelligence wing R&AW Anil Dhasmana and Coast Guard ­director general Rajendra Singh—all hailing from Pauri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand, which Doval also hails from. Sources say there was much bonhomie as the Garhwalis bonded over ­traditional pahari cuisine. The other new chief minister hailing from Garhwal, Yogi Adityanath, was missing, though.


Power Of A Penpusher

The DMK has had a spe­cial relationship with The Hindu, which patriarch M. Karunanidhi’s mentor Periyar had derided as “Mount Road Mahavishnu”. When two top guns of the media house had a spat over the Bofors expose, Karunanidhi had brokered peace. Two DMK leaders had headed the­ employees’ union in the 1980s—N.V.N. Somu, who went on to become MoS (Defence) and died in a chopper crash in 1997, and Ramajayam, who became an MLA. Stepping into their shoes now is the patriarch’s daughter, MP M.K. Kanimozhi, who was once a sub-editor with The Hindu.


Overheard  When a TMC councillor nicknamed Keshto (meaning Krishna) decided to counter the BJP’s Ramnavami rallies with Hanuman processions, an MLA quipped, “Hanuman is Ram’s devotee.”

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