A Hu­mor­ous Mar­riage of Wit and Perti­nence

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It is heart­en­ing to learn that grav­i­tas of their po­si­tion does not pre­vent Supreme Court jus­tices from al­low­ing them­selves a chuckle or two, and nor are se­nior ad­vo­cates above a cheeky quote to lighten up a long hear­ing. In fact, Ad­di­tional So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Tushar Me­hta re­cently liken­ing his sit­u­a­tion of be­ing one of many ad­vo­cates to present ar­gu­ments on the is­sue of pri­vacy be­fore a nine-judge Bench to that of El­iz­a­beth Taylor’s seventh hus­band — who re­port­edly re­marked af­ter mar­ry­ing her that “I know what I’m sup­posed to do, I’m just not sure I can make it in­ter­est­ing!” — could well be ap­plied in other fo­rums too. Of course, Me­hta was lucky that even as the judges gamely con­tin­ued with the Taylor anal­ogy to con­jec­ture rhetor­i­cally about the predica­ment of the eighth and ninth lawyers who would fol­low him, the SC bench did not ask him to clar­ify who he meant by seventh when con­sid­er­ing she was mar­ried eight times but had only seven hus­bands, with Richard Bur­ton be­ing both fifth and sixth. As the late Hol­ly­wood diva was no slouch in the quote de­part­ment, a quick pe­rusal of her list of bon mots could also prove very handy for any­one in need of a quick repar­tee. Even in this case, to re­as­sure the judges, Me­hta could also have al­luded to her re­ported af­fir­ma­tion to all her hus­bands, “Don’t worry, I won’t keep you long….”

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