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October 21st, 2010

Meet the country’s most famous son-in-law

Delhi has been grey and muggy and rather depressing-looking these last 2 days, and everyone seems to have the sniffles (your blogger-at-large included) and my sister left this morning, so all in all, am not feeling as gung-ho as I usually do when I sit down to cyber-chat.

Everyone seems to be on the move again.  Jane flew back to what would appear to be very cold weather in Blighty.  Hari flew overnight from Joburg to Paris, into the mess of strikes and riots. And so life goes on.

Because I am feeling snuffly and full of cold, I thought it was my eyes playing tricks with me, when I saw (virtually) the same interview with one Robert Vadra in the Times of India yesterday and then this morning.

But no. There were indeed 2 back to back articles about the esteemed Robert Vadra.

Today’s interview had a big photo, and covered a full half page, so my eyes were not deceiving me.

Oh, sorry, who’s Robert Vadra ?

To quote the distinguished Times of India he is (and I really am quoting) “the country’s most famous son-in-law.”

No, he is not the President’s son-in-law.

No, he is not the Prime Minister’s son-in-law.

He is the son-in-law of the leader of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi.  I kid you not.  “The country’s most famous son-in-law.”  Indeed.

And a man with a rather (er, how should I phrase this ?) refreshingly objective view of his own talents, it would seem.

I am quite sure you can, Robert.

In today’s article (as opposed to yesterday’s article) about this gentleman, he explains how irked he gets by the fact that his name is on the list of people who don’t have to be frisked at airports.

Good on you, Robert.

Of course, that begs the question as to why Mr.Vadra was exempted in the first place.  Oh, right, silly me, he’s the nation’s most famous son-in-law.  Bless.

Our afternoons these last few days have been spent at the club, watching the league games for the weekend’s polo.  Only a handful of people there, which is par for the course during the week, but we are all diehard fans, so the atmosphere is always great, and I secretly prefer it to the posh weekend matches.

The aftermath of the Commonwealth Games continues in an unabated slew of accusations and recriminations.  How much should the aerostat be sold for ?  (Who would want it, one cannot help thinking ?)  How much should the kitchen equipment be sold for ?  Should the transport costs be added to the price of said kitchen equipment ?  (You betcha).  Leaking basements, exploited migrant workers.  The whole sorry spectacle continues.  I only covered one story today in my Common Wealth section, and it’s on the shabby, scandalous treatment of the labourers.  Do please read it.

The poor old tiger was in the news this morning –  there were no fewer than 3 separate tiger-related stories – which I have covered in my Green India section.

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