08 May, 2021


Functions at the President's estate, Veteran editor H.K. Dua starts writing about his eventful journalistic career and Anton Chekhov on the novel

Dip In Upholstery

The President’s estate in Delhi is a city in itself, with its gardens, sports grounds, residential quarters, museums and auditoriums (the Rashtra­pati Bhavan auditorium can take about 20 minutes by car from the nearest gate, through leafy avenues of amaltash and gulmohar). President Pranab Mukherjee was handed two books on Tagore at a function by ICCR. He once again talked about the pluralism of our culture, quoting Tagore: “Differences can never be wiped away, and life would be so much the poorer without them. Let all human races keep their own personalities, and yet come together, not in a uniformity that is dead, but in a unity that is living”. Everything else about a function at the President’s house is grand, except the snacks they serve. There are better samosas and dhokla at any neighbourhood sweet shop. And...

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