The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Glad to meet you.
It’s nice to meet you.
I am perfect.
I am just perfect. Start your questions.
Well I have a lot of questions, but the reason that I come is mainly a curiosity of my own to feel what it’s like to be near you, and to ask a question of mine, that’s a sort of apprehension of…
It will be easy now that you are here. And it will be easier to understand because you have a personal curiosity. A journalist who just comes to do his job cannot get to the very roots of anything. His approach remains superficial. It is good that you feel personally involved, that you want to know things not only intellectually, but existentially too.
It will be possible for me to communicate with you more easily. Your questions can be intellectual, my answers will not be. Questions don’t matter; what matters is the answer. And what matters even more than the answer is who is answering – whether he is simply answering the question or responding to a living human being. I don’t answer questions, I answer you.
I have to reach to your heart, not to your mind. And I know your heart is already beating – so better you start. And don’t be worried; whatsoever the question is, I am open and available, for any kind of question, any curiosity. You cannot ask me a question that has not been asked thousands of times.
I had sort of felt that.
But I always answer differently. I don’t care much about the question; whatever I want to answer, I answer. I use the question only as a jumping board.