There could not have been anything more spicy for this member of the Spices Board from Andhra Pradesh who sat through the deliberations on the first two days of the World Spice Congress in Chennai. The meet has a history of leaders taking part in it being shunted to the sidelines soon after. But it was the other way round this time. A call from Delhi saw D Puran-deswari rush in haste to take the oath of office as a Union minister the next morning.
Never has ex-chief minister AK Antony been accused of going after successor Oommen Chandys blood. Yet, this is literally what his 20-year-old son is after. When young Anil Kurien Antony recently invited the CM for a function, Mr Chandy was taken aback by the sight of his austere colleagues son in white shirt and striped tie, in his avatar of founder-director of an IT-start-up Torque. Its exciting to see engineering students setting up technology companies, he appreciatively commented.
Taking him at his word, Anil opened his laptop and anno-unced the CMs name for registering in Fastblood, a blood donors network. Mr Chandy looked flabbergasted. Does that mean the youngster can haul me up anytime now to donate blood he was heard whispering.