And for a Saturday after the defeat of the Indians in two straight matches at Sharjah, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like one reason why the Indians are no longer the limited overs champions is that Kapil Dev is not the bowler he was. The other reason is Roger Binny.
Like there seemed to be more Hindi film stars in the stadium than local Arabs, and more Indian Cricket Board officials than cricketers. And though Sheikh Bukhatir may have made a great success of introducing cricket in the Gulf, he has failed in the sense that there is still not a single Arab cricketer.
Like success would be when the Emirates have their own cricket team participating in the tournament, and, if not winning, at last playing as well or badly as the present Indian team.
Like I notice that Mr. Manmohansing Bedi, Mr. Madhu Mehta and Dr. A. U. Memon are also planing to join the Congress. And I can understand about Mr. Bedi and Dr. Memon, but not Madhu Mehta.
Like one reason we all have to be grateful to Mr. Sharad Pawar is that he is having mammoth show in Aurangabad and not in Bombay.
Like what is going to be displayed in Aurangabad is Congress culture…no less.
Like, quite frankly, I do not know what is this battle that Mr. Ramnath Goenka and Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani were having. And whether the battle has been concluded and who has won and who has lost.
And I have always felt that if Mr. Goenka concentrated more on his paper and less on other things, the Express would be a much, much better paper.
Like money is what Mr. Vijaypat Singhanta has. He has spent more money on his paper – Indian Post and Telegraph – before starting it than most people do after starting it.
Like the new thing about Mr. Rajiv Gandhi is asking all the time for his hands to be strengthened. Which is a little difficult to understand. Because we have already made him the prime minister of India, though he had neither the experience nor the qualifications for the post. What more could be done to strengthen his hands!
And this final point of view:
That I wonder if Mr. Manmohansingh, Bedi, Dr. A. U. Memon and Mr. Madhu Mehta also want to be chief ministers like Mr. Sharad Pawar.