Chai ki char­cha with Bri­tish roy­alty

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Her pierc­ing gaze might make you squirm in your seat, but as soon as she starts to speak, you’ll feel right at home. Sarah, Duchess of York, the ex-wife of Prince An­drew and former daugh­ter-in-law of Queen El­iz­a­beth II, is no stranger to In­dia. And of all things In­dian, she says she loves In­dian chai the most. “I love the fact that peo­ple here love tea and most of your tea is drunk all over the world. My dream is to set up tea rooms all over the coun­try. I love In­dian food too, but not too spicy please!” sayss Fergie, as she’s fondly called.

The Bri­tish roy­alty is very fond of In­dia. “I love be­ing here and I am very grate­ful to the peo­ple of In­dia who are ex­tremely kind and hos­pitable. Some­times, when you ar­rive in a coun­try, it can be very in-your-face. When I am here, I love the pace and at­tune my­self to it,” says the author and phi­lan­thropist, who was in the coun­try to spread aware­ness about her var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble ven­tures, in­clud­ing those in­volved with up­lift­ment of women and to at­tend the HVR Bar­oda Cup 2015.

How­ever, the 56-year-old likes to call her­self a ‘phi­lathro­preneur’. “It’s not about the ego. When you feel bad about your­self, you go out and help oth­ers, that is what my grand­mother taught me. I don’t be­lieve that you should give peo­ple a fish, you should give them a rod, and teach them how to fish,” she says.

I am very grate­ful to the peo­ple of In­dia who are ex­tremely kind and hos­pitable Sarah, Duchess of York

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/ HT

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