Courting Politics

Journalist Tavleen Singh's Durbar (Hachette; Rs 599) has been one of the most awaited political books of the year. Spanning the Nehruvian era of her childhood in a 'Simla' boarding school, moving to her days as a journalist through Emergency and following the rise of Rajiv Gandhi, the book brings to life national politicking from the late '70s to the '90s. Replete with interesting anecdotes, it tells the story of the country through the lives of individuals. Sure to ruffle many political feathers, the book was launched at a highbrow gathering of Singh's friends and colleagues on Thursday at The Oberoi, Delhi. Dressed in her signature elegant style, Singh signed copies and accepted greetings from well wishers and spurned the usual format of reading or discussing the book. Her son, writer-journalist Aatish Taseer, was seen making guests comfortable. The event was attended by a range of dignitaries from the world of fashion, politics, royalty and media.

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