30 July, 2021

Lady Gaga

“Gagaji, that was the only way to meet you. See, I have a great film project lined up. Will you listen to the plot?”

Illustration by Sorit
Lady Gaga

I had heard a lot of bizarre stories about India but it just took one trip to Delhi (as part of the recent F1 circus) to realise how crazy things really are. For starters, let me tell you about a visitor (Filmy Canwallah) who called on me. Normally, I wouldn’t have entertained him but for a call from Hillary Clinton herself. So there I was, ushering in Mr Canwallah. “Namaste, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanottajii,” he said with a warm smile. “Mr Canwallah...let me call you Can... and I guess you can call me Gaga,” I said upfront. (The last time I heard my full name was from an angry teacher at the Sacred Heart School, east Manhattan). “Oh pardon me,” Can was apologetic, “in India we like to be formal, Germanottaji, sorry, Gagaji. But henceforth I will only use the name of your preference.”

With that out of the way, I was curious to know his equation with Hillary Clinton. “Oh that,” he said rather sheepishly, “I must confess I know her though she doesn’t know...

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