Advani says he can`t say no to book release functions

Senior BJP leader L K Advani can never say no to book release functions for "release" has been his favourite word since his two-year incarceration in 1975.

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani
can never say no to book release functions for "release" has
been his favourite word since his two-year incarceration in
1975.
Taking a humorous dig at himself the former Home
Minister said since 1975, "I have been to many book release
functions. I can never say no to people as in 1975-77, I was
in jail and release was a favourite word then.

"So I released several books after that," he quipped.

However, for poetry collections, he still prefers
former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as prose not poetry
was his (Advani`s) forte.

"I must have written a lot of words till now, but not
poems. If Atalji would have been healthy I would have
preferred that he does it," Advani said at the release of a
condensed English version of the Ramayana here today.

The senior leader said that he could not read Hindi
till he was about 20 years of age and thus his first tryst
with Ramayana and Mahabharta was in Sindhi and later in
English when he came to India.
He also mentioned that the turning point in his career
came when he embarked on a countrywide `Yatra` from Somnath as
part of the Ram Temple movement.

PTI