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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (September 8, 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 only Mrs. Indira Gandhi would have matched Mrs. Thatcher in her present mood. Not Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, who is too polite and too much of a gentleman.

Like the more Mr. Gandhi travels abroad, trying to settle other people’s affairs, the more his critics are likely to point out to him that there is work to be done at home. And they would be justified in doing so.

And, as things stand, Mr. Gandhi is settling neither his own country’s problems nor the world’s. and right now it appears like not only the honeymoon is over, but the marriage also is about to end.

Like grey weather brings grey thoughts.

Like rain at weekend may be fine for everybody else, who may lie in bed under blankets and road, but it is not for the Kanga League cricketers. And every weekend I get up and see it raining, or threatening to rains, my heart goes out to them.

Like, as I see it, Gavaskar will retire after the third Test against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium, provided he scores a century in his final innings. Till then he will keep his options open.

And also as I see it, Gavaskar can retire any time. He can then write, broadcast, coach, promote the game, be a paid official of the game make guest appearances, be associated with cricket for the rest of his life. It would be difficult for the other cricketers to retire, be cause for them it would mean going back to their mundane office jobs from which presently they have been taking leave of absence to play cricket.

Like, I notice, not enough credit has been given to Mr. Tinaikar for having demokished the Flotilla Club constructions in one great swoop at Marine Drive.

And, instead of cleaning the Ganga, which can clean itself, they should clean the Chowpatty beach, which must be the shoddiest public beach in the world.

Like an example of Congress-I hypocrisy is going on calling Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi as its working President. Even Mr. Tripathi does not believe he is working.

Like there is a difference between railway ministers of Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastry’s era, of Mrs. Madhu Dandavate’s era and the Gwalior Maharaja’s era. In Shastry’s era, if there was a railway accident, they used to resign; in Dandavate’s era, they used to offer to resign; in the maharaja’s era, they do not even offer to resign.

And this final point of view:

That the world is not going to change one bit with all these mini and maxi-summits of Commonwealth prime ministers and Third World prime ministers and European prime ministers. The only summit that can change the world is between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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