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I would never be able to drive here, says Oprah

Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times  Jaipur, January 22, 2012
First Published: 23:40 IST(22/1/2012) | Last Updated: 23:42 IST(22/1/2012)

She's probably past the arranged marriage eligibility date, and no one has offered her a camel ride yet. Oprah Winfrey was being funny at her session in front of a 3,000-odd crowd at Diggi Palace.|

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Mumbai, she said, was like navigating through a video game on the streets. "We didn't know which way to look. And what is it with the red lights. Does it mean stop or go? Is it just there for your entertainment? You all seem to know what you are doing. I would never be able to drive here."

Then there was the bit about adults here living with their parents. "I told Abhishek (Bachchan), how do you live with your parents? But I get it. This country has no respect for nursing homes. You take care of your families."

Then came the 'I love India' gush. "I came here with an open mind and that expanded," she said. "It's one of the greatest life experiences I have ever had… I felt opened, enriched, deepened by the experience, and that is what real travel is supposed to do."

Speaking about Oprah's Book Club, part of her TV chat show, Winfrey said the club started quite simply, as a process of exchanging books with one of her producers. Now, the woman who brought Anna Karenina back to the top of the charts carries the burden of the world's literary tastes with her when she reads. "I'm reading not just for myself, but for a million people," she said.

(With inputs from Antara Das and Amitava Sanyal)


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