Jeffrey Archer’s “stint” with the Samajwadi Party

May 15, 2009

Now that we are nearing the end of election season in India, everywhere I go, conversations revolve around the big democratic circus. 

But I didn’t expect that to happen this week at a Mumbai bookstore where British author Jeffrey Archer was reading from his latest book “Paths of Glory”.

Throughout the reading and the Q&A session that lasted for two hours, Archer was in a playful mood, answering questions patiently, complaining good-naturedly that Indians always “nitpicked” and pointed out mistakes in his novels.

At the end of the session, Archer made a startling announcement.

“I am going to stand for elections this time around and I will represent the Samajwadi Party,” he said to audible gasps from the audience.

Archer paused for effect before continuing.

“Well, they say they want to ban computers, and I hand-write all my books.”

“They say they want to ban English and my books are now available in six Indian languages, so I don’t need English any more.”

“Eat your heart out, Mr (John) Grisham”.

I can safely say a lot of us breathed a huge sigh of relief. 

Can you imagine Jeffrey Archer sharing the stage with Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav?

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UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

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