“I will write my own book and then everyone will know the truth. I am serious about this and I will be writing.”
That will be a book to read, a must read.
And going by the intent that it intends to be a befitting reply, it will come soon, when Sonia Gandhi will still be one of the most powerful political personalities in the country.
And such a book by Sonia Gandhi will make for round the clock headlines, for weeks.
This one, turns out, will be relatively, intellectual, going by the level of Indian politics that has apparently no standard left to follow.
The grudge of one person will be answered by the resultant grudge of the other person, one of the subjects of the grudge of the person, in an intellectually resounding (wish so) way.
Sonia Gandhi, yesterday, within 24 hours of Natwar Singh going air-borne with interviews on his upcoming memoir, said she would write a book answering what all was being said and what all was being ‘revealed’.
On July 29, at around 4 PM, I received a regular Flipkart mailer about the exclusive online availability of Natwar Singh’s soon to be released autobiography with India’s largest online retailer. The pre-order offer was with 20% discount.
Had it not been a book by a politician with deep Congress sweet-turned-sour linkage and closeness with the Nehru-Gandhi family in the past, as Natwar Singh had, it would not have been so quick, given the fact that books of Amartya Sen and Salman Rushdie were available with greater pre-order discounts that what was on Natwar’s book.
Had it not been about the news reports of it being a tell-all book, the response on placing the order would not have been so spontaneous.
Had it not been about the prospects that it could corroborate (or debunk – though a remote possibility given the Natwar-Congress rift) many ‘myths’ and facts about the Nehru-Gandhi family, already out in the open with other insider accounts.
Okay, so the order was placed. Now, let’s see when the book arrives.
But one thing was sure – it was going to be all over soon. And within 24 hours, Natwar Singh’s yet to be ‘publicly’ released book was all over.
So, what will the Natwar Singh’s tell-all book do?