Sheila Dikshit was the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi, serving for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013. The following is an excerpt from the autobiography of her.
It was while studying ancient Indian history that I met Vinod, the man who would be the love of my life. He was five feet eleven-and-a-half, slim, handsome, a Stephanian, a good cricketer to boot, and immensely popular.
Vinod was unpretentious, had a sunny temperament that drew people to him, and a quicksilver mind that made him the centre of attraction in any gathering.
One day, just before the final examination, we were travelling by Bus No. 10. The bus had just crossed Chandni Chowk when he remarked, “I am going to tell my mother that I have found the girl I want to marry.” I quizzed him, “Have you asked the girl yet?” he said, “No, but she is sitting next to me.” I did not say anything – I was speechless with joy! at home, I told Pam what had happened and spent the rest of the day in a euphoric daze, feeling as if I was floating on air.
A couple of days later, I told my parents about Vinod. They were taken aback, not because I had chosen somebody or that he was from a different caste. Vinod stood ninth in the IAS merit list. During the interview, he was asked why he preferred the IAS over the IPS.
The struggle ahead was to convince Vinod’s parents, especially his mother. His family inhabited a world far removed from mine.
Soon, everything got fine and the wedding was set for July 11, 1962.