And, for the last Saturday of 1987, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work)
Like we all lose, our near and dear ones, members of our family, our closest friends, even our children, and we absorb the grief public figure dies, our grief turns to unseemly public display, violence, deaths.
Like sometime, perhaps under a bolder and less populist union cabinet, we will have to change the policy of continuous mourning programmes on our radio and television. A good 90-minute programme recalling the virtues and achivements of the dead would be more appropriate than every tinpot leader coming on the screen and paying rehearsed and unrehearsed tributes in between sitar vadans.
Like I read The Times of Inida and for two mornings now the paper has not bothered to tell me why Mr. Ramachandran was buried. I know it is my ignorance, but I exper a paper to clarify it.
Like a fell that rich Maharaja of Gwalior (there is no reason why we should not refer to him as maharaja when he calls himself one) will be able to ride the storm over his daughter's wedding and continue to be in the cabinet. After all, if a prime minister can spend public money on himself, why should not his minister spend his own money on his daughter's marriage? Scindia spending so much money but that he should spend it when the government and party he represents keeps preaching to the people to practise austerity and economise and get their daughters married off for Rs. 5 at mass marriages.
Like half of Bombay, which can afford it, has left the city for Christmas holidays. And half of that which can afford and has left has gone to Mahableshwar and is staying at the Mahableshwar Club.
Like sometimes I think the only pleasure of being really rich is to have the privilege of going away.
And these stray thoughts:
Like, I think, Chancellor cigarettes have got more publicity from the controversy over Vengsarkar writing the cloumn than from the column itself.
And I do not understand what possible joint action the players can take against the board. Because all the "joint" players could be substituted by a new set of Ranji Trophu players and the results of the Tests will not be one bit different.
And what the players have to understand is that they can succeed in their fight against the officials only when the public is behind them. And, judging from the crowds they are drawing at the matches these days, the public could not care less.
And this final point of view:
That next Saturday we will be in the new year.