And, for a Saturday of the start of a cricket season, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like, once again, India is going into a series bursting with confidence. Which, going by past experiences with Sri Lanka and others, is not a very appropriate state of mind for Indian cricketers to be in.
And my fear is that the one-day internationals may go either way but all the Tests will end in draws.
Like it was good to see my friend Suresh Saraiya on TV again last night talking to Boddy Simpson about left-arm orthodox leg-spin googly, etc.
And I wonder if anybody else has noticed this? Our Kapil Dev has developed an accent that is between Allan Borderâ€™s and Clive Lloydâ€™s.
Like I do not understand how Iran, Syria and Libya be attending a meeting of non-aligned nations. For that matter, how can so many other countries be doing so.
And if so many non-aligned nations get together and from an alliance, it means they are aligned to non aligned nations. And the only non-aligned country in the world is Swizerland and it is getting the maximum benefit out of it.
Like Swissair is not only the best airline in the world but also the safest against possibilities of hijact attempts.
Like I would love to be hijacked one day with a typewriter in my lap, a camera, an international telex authority, and co-operative hijackers who would, after three dramatic days and nights, almost succeed in blowing up the planeâ€¦but not quite.
Like, I am waiting for the day when India elects a prime minister who is more concerned with problems within the country than without. And, I think a prime ministerâ€™s only job is to raise the standard of living in the country. And this applies to prime minister in all countries and especially to prime minister in poor countries like India.
Like I have been noticing the names of the terrorists on the run-Jinda, Bhola, etc. They sound like names of villains in the Hindi cinema.
Like poor Naseeruddin Shah, not only does he not know whether he is an art film hero or a commercial film hero, these days he does not know whether he is a cinema hero or a theatre hero. And theatres also mean Prithvi and Tata.
And this final point of view:
That formerly our police could not arrest the terrorists. Now they are arresting them, but the wrong ones.