22 October, 2020

Raj Thackeray

My focus today is on M.F. Husain. He is neither a Marathi manoos—though he was born in Pandharpur, Solapur district, Maharashtra—nor is he an Indian anymore.

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Raj Thackeray
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Let me be honest upfront. I don’t like Outlook scooping secret entries from my diary and publishing them. Not just that, the translation into English takes away from the original Marathi flavour. But then, what the hell! As my lawyer friend Akhilesh Chaubey says, it is better to be published than be bypassed altogether. Anyway, that apart, my focus today is on M.F. Husain. He is neither a Marathi manoos—though he was born in Pandharpur, Solapur district, Maharashtra—nor is he an Indian anymore. How I disapprove of that man! Why, I’ve even changed my ring tone to ‘Aap Qatar mein hein’ which has made many of my friends who were calling hang up since they thought they are in queue (qatar). “Rajsaab, your phone is always busy,” one of them called up to say. He, like many others, missed the joke. I tell you, we as a nation lack a sense of humour.

Now you may wonder why I hate MF. I must confess it is because I envy him. You know, there was a time when I tried to be...

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