September 22, 2013 3:41:17 am
Vadra appears this month on the cover of a style magazine called Le City Deluxe as the Millennium Man.
Brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi goes for the dishevelled look,appearing unshaven and in crumpled pyjama-kurta. But Robert Vadra takes pride in his natty dress sense. He likes the cut and fit of an Armani and also favours brands such as Zara Man and Diesel. Vadra appears this month on the cover of a style magazine called Le City Deluxe as the Millennium Man. He posed for a series of photos in some of his outfits and has been groomed and styled by professionals. Vadra says he combines luxury with high-street brands. It’s not what you wear but the way you carry it, he asserts. Clearly purchasing real estate is not his only interest. A fitness freak,he gets up at the crack of dawn to ride his bicycle. He is working on a blog on overall fitness. He gave up dirt biking after an accident and has taken instead to golf. He goes diving around the world with his family,and he is passionate about wildlife and photography. Besides his other business interests,he has also entered the hospitality sector now and has been asked to design a signature suite and do up an entire hotel. His philosophy is that You might be with the first political family of the country,youd still need to step out and knock on doors to create you own business and life.
Sonia Gandhis first choice as leader of the Congress after Rajiv Gandhis death in 1991 was Shankar Dayal Sharma,then vice-president of India. Journalist Kalyani Shankar gives the background of how P V Narasimha Rao became prime minister in her just released book,Pandoras Daughters. According to Shankar,Natwar Singh suggested to Sonia that she consult P N Haksar,once Indira Gandhis principal secretary,before making the choice. Haksar proposed that freedom fighter Aruna Asaf Ali should try and convince Sharma to take the prime ministers post. Natwar went to meet Sharma together with Ali,but the vice-president immediately excused himself saying that considering his age and ill-health,he would not be able to do the job. It was only after this that the name of Rao,who was all set to go back to Hyderabad as he was not a member of either House of Parliament,came up for discussion.
Strange guest list
President Pranab Mukherjee presented conductor Zubin Mehta the annual Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony at Rashtrapati Bhavan earlier this month. In his speech congratulating Mehta,Mukherjee observed that the conductor had converted music into an instrument for peace and harmony. One would have supposed that considering the importance of the award,Mehtas fame and the elite venue,the organisers would have invited the Capitals cultural elite to attend the function. But there were hardly any familiar faces among the audience. The spectators seemed to consist mainly of babus from the ministry who had been ordered to mark their presence.
During the last week of Ramzan,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi met a number of Muslim scholars,including Deobandis and Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi,a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Modi claimed that Ayodhya would not be an issue in the coming election,that 50 per cent of the voters were born after 1989 and disinterested in the issue. Modi was at pains to clarify that his remark that he would be disturbed if a puppy came under the wheel of his car was not meant as a slur. He said that he had first wanted to use the word chinti (ant) but thought the correspondent would not understand the word. In a lighter vein,he remarked that Praveen Togadia of the VHP probably hated him more than any Muslim.
It is a fierce tussle this year for the post of president of the prestigious Delhi Gymkhana Club. Former RAW chief and ex-club president A S Dulat is in the running even though convention dictates that a president stand for only one term. His argument is that Dil maange more (The heart wants more). Secretary,Transport,Vijay Chibber has had a series of expensive cocktails thrown in his benefit. B L Vohra from the IPS is also in the running. The fourth candidate,Urmila Gupta,from the Indian Information Service,has a tough time trying to break into this male bastion. Although it was Gupta who,two years ago,persuaded former Urban Development minister Kamal Nath to get the NDMC to sanction an extension for the club,outgoing president Air Marshal Naresh Verma now wants to claim the credit. The managing committee has put up a notice to this effect. Gupta has threatened to file a suit for defamation. As things get messy,the question is whether the gutsy Gupta will be able to break the glass ceiling.
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