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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (January 11, 1986)

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

Like this has been a quiet Divali, with more lights than crackers, more sweets than noise. Though I have noticed, and heard, a new rocket which soars into the Divali sky breaking the sound-barrier.

Like I am impressed with this amazing comaraderie in the Indian film industry, with everybody from Lata Mangeshkar to Mithun Chakaravorty and and the humble studio hand coming together. And all this without the assistance of a union leader like Dr. Datta Samant or Mr. George Fernandes or even Mr. Gulab Joshi.

Like the strike could drag on. I remember the newspapers strike, all the newspapers in the country, except the Congress party’s National Herald, closed for 78 days, some of them for 82 days. And, as far as news is concerned, the National Herald is like AIR.

The textile strike, of course, was a failure from the day it started. It was badly planned, ill-timed and Dr. Samant played right into the hands of the millowners, who actually wanted a strike.

Mr. Fernandes, on the other hand, when he was just a trade union leader, organised some of the most successful strikes ever. The municipal employees, taxi owners, restaurant workers all have to thank him for their present earnings. But once he went into state and then national politics, he went beyond his depth.

Like there are others who are not strike-makers, they are strike-breakers. Mentioning no names, of course.

Like I am happy for Mr. Zail Singh, that he has at last been permitted to go abroad. And Belgrade is a nice city to visit, not quite Europe, but not quite East Europe also. And they make some potent alcohol and all of them are good drinkers.

And I do believe it is the job of the President to go on goodwill visits, not of the pr mi. just as it is the perk of a junior reporter to accompany the President on his good will visit, not of the editor of the paper.

Like one of the most uninteresting cricket tournaments has been the Duleep Trophy so far. All that the teams have been trying to do is get the first innings lead.

And I am looking forward to the junior team’s performance in Australia, though I doubt if there will be much coverage, unless Mr. Sharad Kotnis obliges.

And I remembers the schoolboys team that toured England some years ago, with Surinder and Mohinder Amarnath. In one major match Surinder got a century with a sixer. And, at that time, Surinder was the more promising player, not Mohinder. Such is cricket.

And this final point of view:

That while half the world is bursting Divali crackers and a quarter of the world is playing cricket, some people have to go to work.

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