PM’s family on rare media outing; miss driving, says Gursharan Kaur

April 21st, 2009 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) It might sound like a cakewalk but adjusting to life as the prime minister’s wife and daughters is not easy. Just ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s family who Tuesday spoke out on the travails of being the first family and missing out on small pleasures like driving.
In what is perhaps the first media interview of the often reticent prime minister’s family, his wife Gursharan Kaur, flanked by their daughters, told a television channel that being the country’s first lady “certainly” entailed compromising on smaller pleasures.

“I certainly miss my driving, trips to Mother Dairy or to other fruits and vegetables markets,” Gursharan Kaur told CNN-IBN in an interview, with her daughters Daman and Upender on either side.

Describing her husband’s commitment to his work, she added: “For my husband, work is his religion.”

While Upender is a lecturer in history, Daman has just penned her debut novel “Nine by Nine”. A third sister Amrit is in the US.

Daman, the prime minister’s second daughter, said she too had found it difficult to adjust to being the prime minister’s daughter.

“In the first year I was angry and very bitter. By the second year I was able to rationalise that it was not his (Manmohan Singh’s) fault,” Daman said smiling.

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