Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Jeffrey Archer’s “stint” with the Samajwadi Party
Now that we are nearing the end of election season in India, everywhere I go, conversations revolve around the big democratic circus.
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?