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For those who grew up in the seventies and the eighties, political gossip of the old world in India is still so delectable. Those pre-neoliberal, pre-satellite TV politicians had an intrigue and star-quality that any amount of trivia on them made us crave for more. In fact, those years were not just about India, but also about the ruling elite in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. All of them had a similar allure that was appealing to us.

In fact, there were only a handful of them who were capable of regaling us with palace gossip. So when Tavleen Singh, an old timer, decided to reload it for us in her new book Durbar , it promised to be compelling vintage. I have at least five reasons why Durbar has become my favourite this season. They are not in any particular order, but they go from the big to the small.

I assume that she was a veritable one-person bureau. But in the end, he clips her wings. So petty! The name Tavleen is also an inspiring trailblazer. The name even inspires Salman Rushdie to create a character in Satanic Verses. Two: While being everywhere, she just refuses to be a petty reporter. Instead, she doubles as an interlocutor, political counsel, messenger, diplomat and even an adventurous good samaritan. I really love the idea of the centrality of a journalist to everything around us.

We have seen this only in films, and heard it only in Radia tapes. Three: It is really enlightening to know how important dinner and drinks parties had been in running the country.

They sound thrilling when wine and scotch whisky had to be bootlegged. For once, I pictured in mind retrofitted editions of Hello and People magazines. The best of all the party scenes is the one in which Tavleen sits next to Rajiv Gandhi and asks him about emergency immediately after Indira Gandhi lost the elections and he says how relieved he was that somebody has asked the question. Four: In Durbar , everything happens in Delhi and the protagonists are the Gandhi family and the khadi-kurtawallas of the north Indian states.

I am now sure that they were not even the outliers, in the scheme of things in Indian politics. Five: This is something to do with my own skill-building in writing. Why keep notes and annoy readers with footnotes and annotations? Durbar is a great exercise of non-specificity, which still has detailed accounts — all easily reconstructed from memory.

Not really. What matters is the story. More than half the characters in the story are dead and the other half, including Sonia Gandhi, have no time to even refute disastrous allegations against her family. Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison. COVID lockdown leaves Delhi migrant workers with neither jobs nor social security; experts blame political apathy, lack of legal protection.

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Durbar : An extremely interesting book

For those who grew up in the seventies and the eighties, political gossip of the old world in India is still so delectable. Those pre-neoliberal, pre-satellite TV politicians had an intrigue and star-quality that any amount of trivia on them made us crave for more. In fact, those years were not just about India, but also about the ruling elite in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. All of them had a similar allure that was appealing to us.

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