Dear Priyanka… My heart goes out to you and your family. It’s terrible that people take potshots at you, your husband, your smart brother and your mother !! How dare they ? Don’t they know that your grandmother gave her life for the country and just 2800+ Sikhs were killed in Delhi alone to atone for a Sikh who killed her ??
Please don’t hold it against these people, that your father’s famous words as his colleagues went about killing the Sikhs is misunderstood. He only said “when a big tree falls, the Earth shakes” … And these uneducated folks don’t get it. It’s perfectly ok for your mother to call a certain man as the “maut ka saudagar”, she knows, after all she was the preferred daughter-in-law for your grand mother. She was born an Italian and now has become an Indian, so she knows, while these other folks have no clue.
You know, they should take lessons on public propriety from your mom – she and your brother managed to reduce an educated Prime Minister into a mute mouthpiece and he has no hard feelings … No small feat that. She even managed to wipe out another erudite capable PM’s work in bringing India out of bankruptcy from the record books because he didn’t care about your family. Terrible guy, serves him right. I must congratulate her on her tireless efforts to prop your brother onto the centre stage… Especially as he refuses to grow up. But even he managed to speak about women empowerment, RTI and 2002 riots happening, yippee, your mom rocks !
I must say your husband’s achievements make many of these old fogies jealous. Through sheer hard work in the gym and on the cycle, he managed to convert a few Lakhs into a few hundred crores and we won’t worry about his father’s and brother’s death. Once a man marries, we should only consider “his” family. What an achievement !! He probably will give Reliance a run for the quickest race to riches – they only created a 20,000 crore company in 20 years, but turning a few Lakhs into a few hundred crores is no mean feat and that too through sheer hard work in the gym.
My heart really went out to you and your family when your father died and it really was tragic. He was a nice man, forget Bofors and the Lakshadweep holidays but really, he minded his business of flying planes and never really wanted to get into politics. But with your grandmother becoming a martyr and the Congress party not having a single man left in it, they had to turn to him and just that one decision cost him his life. May his soul rest in peace as your grandmother’s does. Your family has had tragedy striking it at every corner .. Am actually reading Katherine Frank’s book on your grandmother and it seems she was hardly in India during her growing up years. Losing her mother early, spending time with your grand father in London and Switzerland, studying in many different schools, learning to ski, learning French … Such a tragic and lonely life.
We should really stop speaking about your family. You all deserve a break from the burden you have been carrying. Why not just step aside and let these guys kill each other or hug each other ? Guess what, there is precedence – a bigger burden was on the Mahatma’s family, to carry on the legacy, but those kids just stepped aside and let the country own the Mahatma. Nothing happened. We survived and thrived. So maybe if you all just step aside, we wouldn’t need to bring your illustrious family into every debate and every scam. Think about it !
Wishing you the very best.
Btw – love the sarees and you do remind us of your grandmother !!