If this is sounding crazy, it is!! Swatantra Sarjano is as Italian as pasta or pizza or parmesan. He runs a charming Italian restaurant in Goa, and is an ex-Oshoite from Pune. I have had one of his cook books published by Penguin ( he drove the entire office nuts) , and have been in touch with him over twenty years. I am willingly acting like his marriage broker and\or mother-in-law. The poor guy is desperately lonely and has always wanted an Indian wife - preferably someone simple. His requirements are few - he says he has a lot of love to give - and asks for little in return ( but that's his version!). The guy is 63 years old - energetic, vibrant and charming. He expects his wife to keep up with him ( daunting!) and be a lively companion. He writes, sings, takes great pictures - and cooks, of course.
Please don't route your proposals through me. I have done my good deed for the day. He can be reached via email : firstname.lastname@example.org. I take zero responsibility for whatever may happen . Good luck!!
I'll be watching 'RAJNEETI' on sunday - my verdict after that. Since I never ever read reviews ( most are bogus, biased and boring ), I prefer to form my own opinions. Last night I was on a panel discussion (' Headlines Today' ), during which the subject of indirect censorship was raised. This was in the context of Javier Moro's contoversial book, 'The Red Saree', on Sonia Gandhi ( pretty innocuous, if you ask me), and the attempts to derail its publication\ distribution in India. Similar pressure was brought on the makers of 'Rajneeti' and some cuts were imposed in the final version. Why such hypersensitivity when it comes to Sonia? Come on.... if you are a charismatic, powerful person exerting enormous influence on the lives of over one billion people, you should be able to handle some heat.... and if you can't, then stay out of the kitchen. An author's job is to write. In a democracy like ours, the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression across the board. If somebody is unhappy with the representation, the courts are always open. The book may not have attracted half this attention had it been 'officially' ignored. Now, the one person who'll be happily dancing all the way to the bank is Javier Moro! In any case, those who were interested in reading the book have done so over the internet - and it hasn't led to rioting on the streets.
Grow up, guys.
Take a tip or two from the Brit Royals - the boudoirs of Buckingham Palace \ Kensington Palace have seen a lot of action. A lot of it was documented in print ( tabloids, books ) and cinema (Hellen Mirren playing Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen' ). The stiff upper lip remained impressively stiff throughout. That's class and confidence!