And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few points of view (all my own work).
Like, I think, it is in bad taste for ourselves to praise our own prime minister and say that his performance was the best among all the prime ministers and other heads of states present.
It is for others to praise our prime minister, then we may quote them. And, when I say quote them, I do not mean vague statements such as "S Canadian journalist said…" I mean, it should be something like "The Montreal Start & Tribune in an editorial this morning said…."
Like, I understand in Mayor Bhujbal's film, Sunday Mumbai , Marathi Mumbai, the good guys are all Maharashtrians, the bad guys are non Maharashtrians. There is though one exception, a Maharashtrian throws a coconut shell into a gutter, but this exception is for dramatic impact. Alfred Hitchcock used to do the same.
Like the worst slums in Bombay are those put up by the government housing board and the municipality. They totally lack in the aesthetics of living. And what I would suggest that all these dreary colonies should be puled down and new multi storeyed buildings, designed by some well known architects, should be put up in their place. Then they should be given out on rent to the previous tenants of the housing colonies and the pavement and shanty town dwellers.
Like the operative word is "rent." It is absurd to ask a salaried man to pay out in lakhs of rupees for that is after all just a place to stay.
Like I do not know if you have noticed it that during the year when the Bombay Municipal Corporation was suspended, there was more municipal work done than now. And there were no conflicts in the body.
And, if I remember correctly, Mr. Bhujbal had said he would clean Bombay within two weeks of his taking over. Now we are in October.
Like one of the things I have failed to understand is why the government of India is continuing to spend so many millions of dollars salvaging the wreck of Air-India's Kanishka. Because it is going to save no lives and even whatever findings may be made, they will always remain in conclusive.
Like whatever else Mr. Gandhi achieves or fails to do, he will go down in history as the man who brought peace to Punjab and in the process saved the country from breaking up.
Like, looking back, it is difficult to understand how we have lived through the past few years.
And this final point of view.
That only those who have black money have lakhs of rupees. Others have thousands of rupees.