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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. 

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.