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Natwar Singh comes up with a delightful book of vintage tales

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In good humour:Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh (left) and Vice-President Hamid Ansari at a function to release Mr. Singh’s book, “Walking With Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past”, on Friday.Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
In good humour:Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh (left) and Vice-President Hamid Ansari at a function to release Mr. Singh’s book, “Walking With Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past”, on Friday.Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Friday released a new book written by former External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh which is full of anecdotes about Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Lord Mountbatten, Morarji Desai and many other personalities.

Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past , published by HarperCollins India, is a compilation of 50 tales that have appeared in Mr. Singh’s columns in newspapers and present a fascinating insight into historic personalities and events.

Releasing the book, Mr. Ansari said, “Many tales in the book would be fit for an episode of Dastangoi (an old literary tradition of storytelling in Urdu). I have read the book. There are some delightful episodes, many of which shed much light in one-liners on some important personalities and governments.”

The book also has a story about Mr. Singh’s interaction with former Prime Minister Morarji Desai that includes a glimpse of an official note on his dietary preferences. “His favourite drink was not mentioned. Everyone knew what it was,” Mr. Singh wrote about Desai who is remembered for urine therapy.

Speaking about the book, Mr. Singh recalled an incident of Desai’s anger and another about the background of partition.

The book has humorous snippets about the last Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. - PTI


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