29 November, 2020

India's Best Gossips

Arun Jaitley, Khushwant Singh, Prithviraj Chavan, Jairam Ramesh, Amar Singh, Najma Heptullah, Rajiv Shukla, Malavika Singh, Suhel Seth, Coomi and Virender Kapoor

Ram Rahman
India's Best Gossips
Arun Jaitley
For this lawyer-politician, gossip is not just social currency or amusement, it is a genuine passion. Journalists lucky enough to be invited into his inner circle say that his public persona is quite unlike his private one: once he is sure he is among friends, he entertains them with his rich fund of stories about the private lives of everyone, including journalists and editors. He works hard at garnering his tidbits of information, whether it is in his "debriefing" sessions at the party office, in private dinner parties—unsurprisingly, he is on the top of every upwardly aspiring host’s guest list—and even while walking in Lodhi Gardens. His intimates joke that "he works while he walks".

Khushwant Singh
For well over half-a-century, his old-fashioned apartment in Sujan Singh Park has been the most sought-after address by prime ministers, presidents, governors, ministers and politicians of all ilk. At one point or the other, each of them has arrived, either singly or in carefully-chosen clusters, had their two rounds of Scotch and...



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