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It’s all fringe benefits really

india Updated: May 28, 2008 22:17 IST
It’s all fringe benefits really

It’s a bit like Sadhna telling Helen that the original ‘item number’ girl’s dancing has deteriorated because she is paying too much attention to her costumes. Well, at least Sadhna and Helen would have been on the same ship of Hindi movies. In the case of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, belonging to the same geographical location apart, the two are like chalk and lassi. The Union Railway Minister, like the rest of us, has become hooked to the Indian Premier League. But as is wont with politicians with the gift of the gab, when asked by reporters they have to say something. And when you ask Mr Yadav anything, don’t expect him to be the strong and silent Rahul Dravid-esque type.

The rent-a-quote minister with a distinctive style insists that India’s national Twenty20 team captain has been on a losing streak as the captain of the Chennai IPL team because he has become “style-conscious”. Elaborating this line of thought, the man who has made otological hirsuteness the rage among a certain kind of men, Mr Yadav stated that earlier Dhoni would thwack the ball around the park with non-metrosexual abandon. Now, the man from Ranchi apparently is too busy grooming himself to concentrate on his day job. But more importantly, he withholds his ‘natural’ style of playing so that, according to the Minister from Bihar, he stays at the crease longer.

Whatever one makes of that observation, one would be perfectly within one’s right to say something about Mr Yadav and his political colleagues. Perhaps their mind is not on their day jobs because they are too busy thinking up colourful statements for a lark.