By the time you read this you will know who is India’s next prime minister. However I am writing this at 8 am on 16th May. CNN IBN is not a channel of first choice – especially when there is an election. However while flipping channels I came across this channel where Rajdeep Sardesai was doing an election special.
He was introducing his team…and he took us to meet Mr. Veeraraghavan at Ms. Jayalalitha’s house. There was a “Pujari” who was doing a pooja. Mr. Veeraraghavan (not sure about his name, he was wearing a blue shirt). He asked the Pujari what he was doing.
The Pujari said (in perfect Tamil) – I DO THIS POOJA EVERYDAY. IT IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF MANKIND. I ALSO PRAY FOR JAYALALITHA’S WELL BEING.
However the journalist wanted to please his boss (perhaps Rajdeep gets impressed with his own prediction) and said “Yes Sir the Pujari is praying for good results for Jayalalitha!
It reminds me of my friend Hari Menon who worked with many prestigious news magazines. He once told me “Do not confuse me with the facts – I have decided to do the story….ha ha ha
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