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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (January 2, 1986)

And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view all my own work):

Like you cannot possibly be very sophisticated, urbane, worldly, rational, knowledgable, efficient if you got about offering prizes, as Mr. V. P. Singh is doing, for the best budget suggestions.

Like I do not see many people referring to Bombay as Mumbai. For that matter, Flora Fountain as Hutatma Chowk, Peddar Road as Deshmukh Marg, Marine Drive as Netaji Subhash Marg, etc. though a lot of people do refer to Queen’s Road as Karve Road and everybody calls the old road as Dadadhoy Naoroji Road, more often abbreviated as D. N. Road.

Like when Shakespeare wrote. What’s in a name, he was not referring to Bombay’s road names, though the reference would be correct as far as the observation that.a rose by any other name smells just as sweet, or just as much.

Like it is true that the death of Mr. B. M. Boman-Behram is the end of gentlemanly politics in the Bombay Municipal Corporation. And, a part from the mayor, Mr. Boman-Behram was the only person in the corporation in whose presence municipal commissioners would standup. And, not expecting the mayor, he was the only corporator, who, when he spoke, municipal commissioners would take notes.

Like even before I have seen R. K. Laxman’s sketch-book on Madhya Pradesh, I have liked it. Though I do not see any reason why the Prime Minister should release it.

Like what impresses me most about the Indian people is the tremendous hope they have in each new prime minister even if all the prime minister come from the same family.

Like, whatever else may be said about it, India cannot be much of a democracy if it has three generations of Nehrus as prime minister, and will one day have a tourth generation. And the entire scenario is interesting, first, one son is tried to be brought in as prime minister then he has an unfortunate accident, then out of his saying all the time that he does not wish to be one.

Like what is wrong with the Congress Mr. Rajiv Gandhi himself. The minute he goes and allows the party to be autonomous, it will improve.

And, this final point of view:

That I do believe that India will beat New Zealand tomorrow and will be in the finals, when it will beat Australia by two matches to one. Then again, New Zealand may win tomorrow and the Indian team will return home next week, via Singapore.

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