21 October, 2020

Topsy-Turvy

"It is like this," Sangma explained. "Your passion for Christie could be misunderstood. For instance, at a cabinet meet, you are seated next to Mamata didi...

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Topsy-Turvy
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Once the Manmohan government was sworn in, an elated P.A. Sangma, former Lok Sabha speaker and NCP leader from Meghalaya, took aside his 28-year-old daughter Agatha, the new minister of state for rural development. She hugged him and whispered, "We did it, Dad, We did it. Now I have to move to Delhi. You know how crazy I am about Agatha Christie. Can you arrange to bring my Agatha Christie collection to Delhi?"

Sangma shook his head. "That may not be possible, Agatha. In this city, you will be among new people with different interests." "So what?" pouted the young minister. "Why can’t I continue to read my favourite author in Delhi?"

"It is like this," Sangma explained. "Your passion for Christie could be misunderstood. For instance, at a cabinet meet, you are seated next to Mamata didi and you are carrying Christie’s Murder in the Orient Express and Mystery of the Blue Train. Didi is quite unpredictable, she may feel you are insulting her ministry. New Delhi politics is full of real and imaginary insults."...

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