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18 Feb 2020, 18:16 HRS IST
  • PTI
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  • Almost in jail for a semi-erotic story; judge liked it: Bond
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  • y in my life and yet I believe everything here belongs to me. The entire country belongs tome," he said.

    So, Bond added, he returned to India "for the relationships, the friends, the attachments - those were the things I couldn't find there in England".

    But the octogenarian recalled that he was once asked to pay the entry fee for foreigners at the Sun Temple in Konark, and had a hard time proving he was not a foreigner.

    The otherwise lucid narrator said he failed to convince the man at the ticket counter about his Indian identity, while a Sikh man holding a British passport standing next to him easily made it through.

    "I asked the Sikh gentleman, 'Where were you born?'. He said, 'Birmingham'. And I was born in PEPSU, what was the Patiala East Punjab States Union. So I was more Sikh than he was," he said, leaving the audience in splits.

    Bond's autobiography, which he said he wrote after much persuasion by friends, is an account of a life well lived and "by and large, without regrets".

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