“I have been getting rid of my Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as quickly as possible. I have a great bunch of them under the bed and I don’t know what to do with them,” joked much-acclaimed author Jeffrey Archer at the Crossword store in Phoenix Marketcity on Wednesday.
Talking about demonetisation of currency notes of high denomination in India, he said, “It will be fascinating to see within a year’s time whether it was a clever idea or whether it doesn’t work. I can understand why he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) did it, of course I can. But it has been a great mystery to me.”
Archer was in the city to promote his book, This Was a Man, the seventh and final installment in his bestselling The Clifton Chronicle series.
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“It is autobiographical in a way. There’s a lot of me in Harry, my wife is Emma, my mother is Maisie. I don’t know who Lady Virginia is. Or, if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you because she’s a truly wicked woman,” he said.
Archer shrugged off the controversies in his life such as his political stint, his jail term and financial bankruptcy, saying, “Everyone goes through several highs and lows in their lives, mine are just more public.”
On the recently-concluded presidential elections in the United States, the former politician said he was sure that Donald Trump would not get elected.
“I am totally puzzled. It is clear to me that there’s a new attitude across the world — to hate all politicians. So anybody who gets up and says, ‘I am not a politician! Vote for me!’, will win. The problem with that is very simple in the case of Mr Trump. When I want to get my heart dealt with, I go to a heart surgeon,” he said, while admitting how the poll results proved him wrong.
He continued, “The Americans have just elected a man who has never been a dog-catcher, never been a Senator, never been a Mayor, never held an office at all, and he’s going to run the biggest legislative in the world. I think that’s quite a risk.”
Coming back to storytelling, the author said that all Indians are “great lovers of storytellers”.
He said, “….Fifty thousand women go to bed with me every night. And I try to keep them awake. I am not a writer. I am a storyteller, as I try to make people turn pages about what will happen next.”