And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work).
Like the standards of everything have deteriorated, including those of the once galiant Bombay police. These days not only bank robberies are committed under their noses, but, after several years, yesterday they failed to keep the traffic moving smoothly during the Ganapati immersion ceremonies at Chowpatty.
Like, in recent years, with elaborate police bandobust, on Ganapati days the traffic moved more smoothly than on ordinary days. Yesterday, it took me 45 minutes to do the Marine Drive-Chowpatty stretch.
Like I do not know what the authorities are trying to prove to the world by staging cricket encounters in Srinagar and Chandigarh.
Like Delhi is not much better. During one India-Australia series, the only time I was at the Ferozeshah Kotla, there were Border Security Force men tearing ticket counter foils and showing the spectators to their seats.
And Kanpur, of course, is famous for the mirror reflections they throw on batsmen and fielders.
Like there are so many serials on Doordarshan now that it is difficult to distinguish one from the rest. And all of them have Zarina Wahab, TV serial queen.
Like, correct me if I am wrong but it is my impression that the higher you get, the more senior position you hold, the more money you earn, the bigger your desk is, your office cabin, your office car, the cooler larger your expense account, the greater your other perks, the less work you do.
Like one good thing about the poor rainfall this season was that there were fewer house-collapses.
Like Jawaharlal Nehru used to come out with interesting statements. Once he announced: Burn down the slums of Bombay. Which was alright then. Now it would mean burning down the whole of Bombay, except a few ministerial bungalow on Malabar Hill and a few fillm stars bungalows on Pali Hill.
Like Mr. Rajiv Gandhi also makes some interesting statements. He announces Rs. 100 crore for the improvement of Bombay's slums. Of course, there is as little possibility of getting the Rs. 100 crore as burning the city.
Like the only Bombay MP in the news seems to be Mr. Sunil Dutt, who is often seen in photographs inspecting people donating blood. As for most of the other local MPs, mentioning no names they have already taken enough blood from Bombay .
And this final point of view:
That Mr. Gandhi is 21st century man and an 18th century prime minister.