My fluency in Hindi due to Teji Bachchan: Priyanka Gandhi

April 25th, 2009 - 12:45 am ICT by IANS  

Teji Bachchan New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Priyanka Gandhi, the daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has given the credit for her proficiency in Hindi to the mother of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
“It is all thanks to Teji Bachchan,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview to NDTV broadcast Friday night.

The Bachchans and Gandhis were family friends, with Amitabh and Rajiv Gandhi growing up as friends together - before they fell out later in their lives.

“As a child, I spent a lot of time with her. She used to give me all the poems and books of Harivansh Rai Bachchan (her poet husband), which I loved,” Priyanka Gandhi said, adding: “She really got me interested in Hindi literature.”

From that, she graduated to other gems of Hindi literature, like Premchand’s novels, and continues her reading till now.

“That’s why my Hindi is good, due to my reading.”

Not surprisingly, Sonia Gandhi turned to her daughter to help with her speeches when she first forayed into politics.

“I used to write her speeches, but it was only in the first year. Not any more,” she said.

Priyanka Gandhi has been leading the election campaign of her mother and brother, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, in their respective constituencies of Rae Bareli and Amethi.

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