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In what was an attempt to step away from the media glare in the wake of the controversy surrounding his recent shenanigans, controversial UP minister, Raghu Raj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, sought isolation and solitude in the desolate social network Google+ and attended Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s budget hangout.
“Many people in life are after their 15 minutes of fame yaar. But only once they achieve it, do they realize how addictive it is – it is a vicious circle. Last night, Mulayam bhai himself came to my room, cried and told me that fame is a poison, although, for reasons best known to him, he burst out laughing half an hour later and said that it definitely was not a poison. Anyway, the past few days have been hard on me – too many allegations, too much pressure, too much of negativity. Going to hill-stations and other exotic places too, don’t help these days – the reach of the media is so pervasive that people stare at you in a demeaning fashion wherever you go,” Bhaiya told The UnReal Times political correspondent, Rajniti Sarkarwala.
“That’s when I decided to go to Google+. This is such an awesome place – no one to judge you, no one to scorn you, in fact no one present at all. I just spent some time surfing around this barren site and explored the “Add your birthday”, “complete your profile” sections for while. That’s when I came across some sign of activity going on – Chidambaram saab was on hangout. I joined in and was amazed to see him talk economics with himself. It was such a refreshing change from all the political madness. I saw a couple of others too. There was this chap, Sanjay Jha who was religiously taking down notes of whatever Chidambaram saab was telling. He noted down even Chidu saab‘s few coughs, if I’m not wrong. All this really reminded me of the first bench students during my college days,” Bhaiya added.
When asked what he felt was the best part of the hangout, Bhaiya said, “Oh, at the end of the Hangout, Chidu saab thanked me for attending it and recited this quote by Thiruvalluvar - kaalathi narsseitha nanri siritheninum gnalathin mana (A help rendered in hour of need though small, is greater than the world ).”