Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and finance minister Capt Abhimanyu on Monday gave glimpses of their witty side at the release of a coffee table book “Jind - Flowing Waters, Forgotten History’’, authored by the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer couple Ajit Balaji Joshi, Chandigarh deputy commissioner, and Gauri Parasher Joshi, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda, headquarter) administrator, here at Haryana Raj Bhawan.
First to bring smiles on the faces of the gathering was Capt Abhimanyu when he remarked that he had come to the function only to collect a complimentary copy, after learning about the release of a book on Jind, which was his maternal hometown.
Lauding the book, the finance minister said that it touched his heart to learn about its contents that gave a different (religious and historic) perspective to look at Jind, which was generally seen as a place of “aggressive” people.
Khattar lauded the authors’, especially Gauri’s, vision to pen the book, but wittingly disagreed with the title of the book, saying that “no volume of waters can make a history forgotten’’.
He also sent the gathering in splits when he recalled how Joshi on being shifted to Jind had called on him, requesting to also transfer his wife. “Aap jante hain, hum to anari log hain, to maine socha ki inki nayi nayi shadi hui hai, yeh is liye keh rahe honge, par mujhe nahin pata tha ke iske pichhe yeh pustak hai (I thought that Joshi sought Gauri’s transfer to Jind as they were newly married, but I was not aware that the book was the real reason behind his request,”said the CM.
Solanki, too, said in a lighter vein that hearing the couple speak was amusing, as while Gauri, who is from Haryana, spoke in English, her husband, who is from Maharashtra, spoke in chaste Hindi with Haryanvi tone.