INTERVIEW

Yogen Shah

Rekha: The Story She Actually Told

Rekha is suddenly in the news again. After years of “being a recluse”, the enigmatic actress finds every skeleton in her closet being unceremoniously hauled out and rudely aired in an unauthorized biography titillatingly titled ‘Rekha: The Untold Story’. The biographer attempted to get in touch with Rekha, but failed. I was more fortunate. One of the last “exclusives” Rekha gave before declaring every journalist persona non grata was to me.
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Three ‘Mucche-Gilli-Ho’ Pegs With The Sardar Of Scotch

I am curious to read “Me, The Jokerman”, a new collection of mostly unpublished essays by Khushwant Singh. The essays are bound to be as entertaining as they will be insightful, and each will tell a story. For Khushwant Singh was a master storyteller. Not in person, of course. If he didn’t know you well, or didn’t take to you, he could be decidedly boorish. One winter evening in 2000, I requested a meeting. “For what?” he rudely asked. “Just to have a drink,” I suggested. He reluctantly agreed.