Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra discussed topics as wide-ranging as literature, filmmaking and even astrology with mediapersons on his final day in office.
New Delhi: Outgoing Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra took some time out to interact with over 30 mediapersons at the Supreme Court Monday during the lunch break. While he obviously sidestepped questions about his tenure, the afternoon proved to be an education in philosophy, literature, a discussion on Erich Segal’s book Love Story, filmmaking, and even astrology.
As soon as he entered the newly-refurbished press lounge, CJI Misra demanded that the fans in the room be turned off. “I hate fans,” he said, drawing a question on whether he meant ceiling fans or supporters.
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Misra handled the googly with a dead bat.
“I don’t like the noise of the fan. If there is a fan on, I don’t know if I can be heard.”
Literature, filmmaking and life lessons
At the start, he directed the journalists to put away mobile phones and notepads. “You have invited me here today for a chat and a cup of tea. Let it be filled with warmth,” CJI Misra said.
The discussion then turned to one of his favourite subjects, English literature, and his love for Shakespeare, Latin American literature (especially the poems of Chilean Pablo Neruda), and Erich Segal’s Love Story. As often happens with him, it soon turned into a mini quiz, with the CJI firing questions to the gathering.
“What is the famous line in Erich Segal’s Love Story?” he asked, to which one journalist answered, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”.
Over hot tea and biscuits, Misra also regaled the crowd with his knowledge on filmmaking. Recalling his experiences at a Russian film festival, which he had attended while an undergraduate student, he left the gathering astounded when he spoke at length about character establishment in filmmaking.
He later initiated another discussion on life lessons — such as the difference between a ‘home’ and a ‘house’.
‘I am not an astrologer’
Throughout the interaction, that lasted close to an hour, CJI Misra deftly evaded all questions pertaining to his career or the judiciary, discussing topics as wide-ranging as people’s belief in astrology.
“Astrology is not a science, yet people believe in it,” he said.
When this reporter asked what his post-retirement plans were, Justice Misra quickly shot back: “Didn’t I tell you? I am not an astrologer.”
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Dressed in a sharp pinstripe suit, he also indulged mediapersons with photos and selfies before rushing home to prepare for his official farewell, which was held on the lawns of the Supreme Court later in the evening.
Wishing Justice Shri Dipak Misra a peaceful retired life, contentment, good health. Towards the close, he delivered some fine judgments, for which he will be remembered with affection.
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