Jaipur, Jan 22: The grand dame of American talk show Oprah Winfrey is overwhelmed by her Indian odyssey and disputing her own earlier statement as quoted in media, she says she wants to come back again and again.
She also called India the greatest show on earth speaking to TV journalists in interviews on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
A day ago she said the visit to India is overwhelming but also her first and the last. But she said something different to news channels a day later in interviews aired. "You cannot see India in one week, or two weeks. It is complex. It is the greatest show on earth," she told in one interview. "India I will be back again and again," she said, hugely complimenting the people of the country.
In another public chat at the JLF with TV host Barkha Dutt, she said: “What I will take with me is the calmness. Even though there are lots of people still there is a genuine respect." “The biggest thing that people just don’t talk religion here, they live it,” she added. She said the vision of a woman in sari on a camel had hounded her in USA and that inspired her to come to India. From her Indian experience, she said she believes that "this is a country that has no respect for nursing homes because here Indians take care of their family."
The talk show queen who strongly believes in education said: "For me education is the most important thing in this world because it opens the door of opportunities. I really appreciate educating girls.” Talking about real freedom, she said: "The greatest freedom in the world is the vision for freedom, is that you get to decide for yourself what to do with your life and that’s what real freedom is.”
Speaking on author Salman Rushdie’s cancelled visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival she said: "I try to stay out of political decisions made by other people for whatever reasons, it doesn’t bother me because I was coming for my own reason my own agenda.” “When I heard that he was coming I was excited and then when I heard that he wasn’t coming I thought, well whoever made that decision, made that decision for reasons as they saw of it,” she continued. She is in India for her new show ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ in which she would travel around the world, interviewing celebrities, news-makers and others.