Sunday, December 04, 2005

How Date Became Tryst

We have all read, or at least heard about, Jawaharlal Nehru's famous Tryst With Destiny speech which he made on the midnight of August 14-15, 1947. But what Nehru had written in the first draft was 'date with destiny', and not 'tryst with destiny'. 'Date' was later changed to 'tryst' because of its supposed negative connotation, as in people going on a 'date'.


Sangeeta said...

I wonder why they went thru all that trouble.. lady mountbatten was after all not his destiny

Bishwanath Ghosh said...

Sangeeta: You made a point I had missed! You are truly politically aware. Thanks.

Usha said...

hm. Tryst definitely sounds better than a date - more mature, more serious than a date which is rather tentative.