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I will come back to India again: Oprah Winfrey

Quashing all speculations about her return to India, the TV Show host told ecstatic audience at the Jaipur Litertaure Festival that she will be back to India soon.

books Updated: Jan 22, 2012 11:17 IST
Sonakshi Babbar, Hindustan Times

Quashing all speculations about her return to India, the TV Show host told ecstatic audience at the Jaipur Litertaure Festival that she will be back to India soon.

Flashing her famous smile, the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, charmed the over-enthusiastic audience in a conversation with TV anchor Barkha Dutt, who repeatedly asked Oprah to hire her for a job.

Expectedly dressed in a green silk suit paired with a lovely pink dupatta, her entry elicited cries of "Oh she looks lovely", from the women who waited excitedly for their idol to enlighten them. The photographers talked as if there're career hung on this one shot. They only receded once the festival organiser Sanjoy Roy threatened to smack them.

The serpentine lines on this Sunday morning led to the front lawns where 'Oprah was coming'. Even before the session began, the lawn was packed to full capacity, in fact the number of attendees so out-numbered the capacity; the organisers had to shut the gigantic doors on the face of many disappointed fans.

Dutt, who was obviously in awe of the woman, welcomed the most influential person with a cliché question, "What is the one thing you'll take back with you from India?

Winfrey, obviously loving the adulation of the smitten audience, launched into not but three things - the chaos in India, the religiosity of people and family tradition.

Her golden bangles jingled as she gestured wildly with her hands, "Driving in india, is like being in a video game. What is it with red lights? Does it mean stop or not? Or is it just for your entertainment? My first impression that it was chaotic, but I realized that there's an underlying calm to it. I will take this back with me. Also what struck me was that people don't talk religion, they live it. I also saw that this country that has no respect for nursing homes, because you take care of your family."

After seeing the plight of widows in Vrindavan, she pulls her favorite trick, show her magnanimous and altruistic nature, "After my visit to the widows, I immediately emailed my friend Maria Shriver."

As the crowd claps and thunders at Oprah's plans of saving the country's widows and 'abolishing this discrimination, she gets energized and adds this is a shunning of widows is global issue.

"I'm sure it happens to women around the world as in upper-class women get invited less to party when husband dies. As if death is contagious," said O with an audible sigh.

Talking about Winery's' power Dutt said, Many people believe that Obama wouldn't have become the president if Winfrey hadn't endorsed him.

Pleased by this, Winfrey said, "I had a picture of Barack Obama on my vision board. Every morning I used to go in front of that and chant Barack Obama as the president."

Moving the spotlight to India, she added, "This image was replaced three years back with that of a woman on camel, and it said 'Come to India' since then if I have always wanted to come here. My visit has enlightened me."

Jumping at this, Barkha interjected, "So Will you be back again?

"Yes" much to joy of the audience," I have spent more time in doing stories here, than anywhere. To get a picture of a good story you have to come back again and again."

First Published: Jan 22, 2012 11:17 IST