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Gujarat Confidential: Witty Side Up

Posted: February 3, 2014 6:20 am | Updated: February 5, 2014 6:03 pm

Witty side up

Ad Guru Piyush Pandey, who recently visited the IIM Ahmedabad campus along with Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, to speak about the concept of Khushboo Gujarat Ki  turned on his witty side at the event. He said, “This is my debut at IIMA. I would never have made it here otherwise as I know I would not have been able to clear any entrance exam. Hence, I have made a back door entry here.” Pandey also mentioned how from knowing nothing about Gujarat, he now knows more about it than his home state Rajasthan!

Bachchan-speak

Noted Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, during his recent interaction held at IIM-A in the city, spoke volumes about the Khushboo Gujarat Ki campaign that he is the face of. Speaking about his latest leg of the shoot of the tourism campaign at the Little Rann of Kutch, which houses a rare species of wild ass, the actor quipped, “I had  never even heard of the wild ass. I always thought it must be an cursive word, but found out it is a rare species of animal found in Kutch. I realised that it is actually a beautiful animal, unlike the term the word is associated with. Also it is a smart one. It knows which grass to eat, which grass contains water when growing in an arid zone.”

For the higher cause

The maldhari community, which gave the Ahmedabad cyclothon its local traditional touch was missing this time. Clad in white attire and bright red turbans, riding their bicycles with the traditional bamboo stick, these people were particularly motivated to participate in the event last year. The reason, cited by officials who were responsible for their participation, was that some prior appointments and the cyclothon clashing with another major event organised on the same day deterred them from joining the event. Kits were being distributed in the villages and the city of Ahmedabad district to collect soil and iron for the Statue of Unity project and trucks dispatched for the destination were flagged off from Ahmedabad by Revenue Minister Anandi Patel. So, the cyclothon had to be pushed to the backseat by this community.

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