And, for one more Saturday, few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work).
Like Mr. Gandhi was not half as impressive at his London conference as he was at the Washington press conference. Which may be because most of the people present and asking questions at the London conference were Indians. And Mr. Gandhi is not very comfortable with Indian correspondents.
Like I also feel that he has given so many interviews to the press and the electronic media that he has nothing more new left to say.
Like the best thing the prime minister has got is good speech writer, evidently a very literary person with a fine turn of phrase. And I hope Mr. Gandhi is aware how much he owes the speech writer particularly in his international appearances.
Like why the municipal corporation should take almost a full year (till next May) to replace a sewage pipe on a small stretch of road in front of the Times of India building, I do not understand. In West Germany, they would do a job like this overnight, or, at the most, over a weekend.
And I repeat, the Bombay Municipal Corporation is not equipped to break down the eight top floors of a 36-floor building without damaging the other floors and endangering the entire building. If you have doubts, next time take a look at how the corporation's demolition squad breaks down a poor man's unauthorise hut.
Like Mr. Arun Nehru has finally got the kind of job he is most suited for, in charge of security. Because he is essentially a policeman.
And once the Punjab situation is settled, Mr. Buta Singh's importance will go down. Already it seems to be dropping.
And I understand that in Delhi they play this party game of rising suns and declining suns.
Like the deadline is fast approaching. Not of the corporation removing the pavement dwellers, but of the selection of the Indian captain for the tour of Australia. And I am afraid Kapil Dev may find himself in the doghouse. Then again I may be wrong.
Like P.T. Usha should consider her self lucky she does not play cricket. If she did, she would have been ruined with all the adulation by now.
And I have a strong feeling that Sunil Dutt was given a Congress I ticket by mistake. It should have gone to Major Kumar Son of Bharat.
And this final point of view.
That I think M.J. Akbar must have got his Doordarshan wardrobe during his last trip to England.