India Links With Winners

Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi has come out with a statement about Mohammad Yunush, the Nobel ‘for Peace’ Prize winner of 2006. “India recognised Mohammad Yunus and the pioneering work of his Grameen Bank in popularising the concept of micro credit in Bangladesh with the Indira Gandhi Award for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1998.” Does he wish to associate Yunus with Congress Party or the philosophy of the party to work for poorest of poor and recognize those who work in that field?

A feature in ‘Sunday Times of India’, New Delhi found Kiran Desai, the coveted Man Booker prizewinner’s link with Kalimpong. Kiran Desai’s ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ has a reference to Kanchenjunga in the first paragraph itself. In Kalimpong, in the company of her aunt, Kiran wrote parts of her book. Dr Indira Bhattacharya, a pediatrician who has lived in Kalimpong for the past 20 years, is Kiran’s aunt and the sister of author Anita Desai. She’s recounted the story, ”She came to stay with me when she was writing the book. She was here in Kalimpong for about two months in the mid-nineties.” Kiran has had an abiding connection with this hill town close to Darjeeling since her childhood. Whenever she would visit India, she would make it a point to come down and see her aunt. Kiran had briefly been a student of St Joseph’s Convent. Kiran was particularly close to her maid Doma, who, too, is mentioned in the book. Why should the aunt not associate herself with the prizewinner, when it means suddenly becoming important as a source of masala materials for media?

Dileep Padgaonkar never wanted to be left behind and so wrote a feature in TOI October 15, 2006 telling how ORHAN PAMUK, Nobel Laureate watched ‘Awara’ as a boy, and his next book even mentions Indian cinema. Is it not some news that is bound to bring cheer to Indians? As Dilip found through one of his conversation, Pamuk visited India some three years ago, which was barely noticed in the Indian media. Pamuk carried vivid memories about it- about many words he had heard, which were minor variations of Turkish words but which carried the same meaning; about the similarities he found between the Crawford Market in Bombay and the Grand Bazar in his native Istanbul; about the ‘glorious abundance of humanity’ he had seen in Madurai. And he recollected the time his parents took him to watch Hindi films and how Raj Kapoor’s Awara in particular had held all of Turkey in absolute thrall.

If we do some research, some one from RSS or BJP background may soon find the ancient family link of Orhan Pamuk with India?

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