And, for a rainy Saturday and a rainier weekend, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work).
Like whatever the municipal commissioner may say, the fact remains that after the first rains Bombay is flooded in various places and life has become once again difficult. And I do not understand what Mrs. Indumati Patel, corporator, municipal officials should make surprise checks on flooding.
Like, jokes apart, if a bomb had burst at the Sterling cinema yesterday evening, the already miniscule Parsi community would have been reduced by 50 per cent.
And I do admire the Parsi sense of fair play. Even when they protest, they do so by writing letters and memoranda and going to court for injunctions, not by burning buses and forcing Colaba and Grant Road bandhs.
Like all this unseemly rush for tickets to the Rajya Sabha and the state councils, it just goes to show how many leading citizens are desirous of devoting their time and energy in serving the country and its people.
And Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi not being sent to the Parliament for one more term is not news. At his age, nobody expected him to be sent back.
Like I do not understand what exactly gentlemen like Aritst Hussain and Novelist R. K. Narayan are expected to do in the Rajya Sabha. And since when has a nomination to the Rajya Sabha become a national honour!
And while Mr. Arun Nehru, the former No. 2, has been recovering from his unfortunate heart-attack, the world has marched on and other people have taken over in New Delhi. And the moral of it all is that Mr. Nehru is not cut out to be a politician, because politicians do not have heart-attacks.
Like the more I see of the World Cup football on TV, the more I am convinced that India's game is cricket.
And it must be most galling for England, not only to lose but to lose to India. And England is going through the same phase that India used to a short time ago. Every time the team fails, blame the captain for it.
And this final point of view:
That come July 15, the date will be further advanced for making Chandigarh the Punjab capital.