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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (August 23, 1986)

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

Like this has been the strangest monsoon ever. There has not been a single day of heavy rains with the consequent flooding of streets and dislocation of transport and life. Or, maybe, I am speaking too soon.

Like one thing I have not understood is why should people want to go to Khandala or Goa or Panchgani in the rains. It is continuously damp and dark and gloomy and three quarters of the time you can’t see the green countryside because of the thick fog.

And, evidently, the hotels also know of all these seasonal discomforts and non-attractions, because otherwise they would not give all those heavy monsoon discounts and bargains.

Like, I see, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee has become bolder by the day and has now started publicly criticising Mr. Gandhi. And Mr. Gundu Rao has become cruder. Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi has evidently decided that discretion is the party’s non-working president.

Like one thing I can tell you-whethere Zia-ul Haq stays or Benzir Bhut to comes, democracy will never again be restored in Pakistan. Because democracy is something that once it is gone it is gone for ever. And if Mrs. Gandhi’s Emergency had continued for a year, India would have been lost to democracy also.

Like all those films being distributed through the non-resident Indians are not sexy-only their posters are sexy-only their posters are sexy.

Like, in Hindi films, formerly there was more violence and less sex. Now there is more sex and less violence. Which may or may not be a change for the better.

Like food festivals in hotels are like supplements in newspapers.

Like I do not know if you have noticed it but even Thailand is sending a bigger contingent to the Asian Games than India. And what I think would be a good idea is for India to send only a women’s team.

Like the reason why Indian women are doing so much better in sports than men is that the men have been in sports all these years, but Indian women have just taken it up and there is bound to be rapid improvement till they reach their normal standards.

And the same would apply to Pakistan’s women when they would be allowed to participate in sports.

Like if Benazir Bhutto were ever to be the prime minister of Pakistan, it would be a real irony. A woman at the head of an Islamic state. And good for Pakistan.

And this final point of view:

That Bombay many have its first big downpour of the season on Monday. Because it always rains on Parsi New Year Day. Mr. Zubin Mehta, expert on the Zoroastrian religion, would corroborate.

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