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Anecdotal, he kept audience's interest alive

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 05, 2013
First Published: 00:20 IST(5/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:22 IST(5/4/2013)

The first half of his 75-minute interaction was an opening remark and in the second, Rahul Gandhi walked around the stage, often pulling up the sleeves of his kurta and getting informal. 

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At one point, he called industrialist Ajay Shriram to demonstrate a point he made to the secretary to Chinese PM once – on the difference between the ways in which India and China exercised power.

Gandhi held Shriram's arms firmly, "This is how China exercises power."

Then Gandhi softly held his arm around Shriram's shoulders to show how India does it.

Gandhi's speech was interspersed with anecdotes and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Sam Pitroda and Nandan Nilekani repeatedly figured in his talk.

At one point, he complemented Pitroda for his "wonderful white hair," noting that he himself may be turning bald.

"I have no interest in going bald, even though it seems quite likely at this stage."

Another anecdote was about his visit to the DGCA to convert his pilot licence.

"They gave me a curriculum, I opened the book. A large section in the book talked about how to drop mail from aeroplanes."

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