What we didn’t expect was for him to be fun. Feisty. Self-deprecating. And just plain and simple riveting.
In a freewheeling conversation that lasted the better part of an hour, the formidable commentator acquitted himself admirably on the other side of the interviewer’s chair, taking a host of questions, ranging from his most fractious interviews – Karan has the rare distinction of having Narendra Modi, J Jayalalithaa and Ram Jethmalani all walk out on him – to anecdotes and insider accounts of interviewing the world’s most influential.
We won’t give you spoilers here – watch the full session above – because these are fascinating stories. But, teaser: there’s (now) PM Modi saying I love you somewhere in there!
Through it all, Karan demonstrated the presence of mind that has made him one of the country’s best-respected interviewers, and as one member said to us later, it was a treat to hear one masterful interviewer – Algebra’s Shoma – take on another.
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