And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thougths and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like for 40 years we said we had inherited all our problems from the British government. Now we are saying we have inherited them form the Congress government.
And it is interesting to note that the person responsible for the problems in Kashmir during the Congress time was Mr. Jagmohan. And during the National Front time also it is Mr. Jagmohan.
And I know it is difficult to solve the Kashmir issue overnight, but we could at least look after the refugees who have fled from Kashmir. Instead of doing that, the government keeps claiming there are no refugees.
Like if autonomy on Doordarshan means less and less of the prime minister on the screen, then Doordarshan is already autonomous.
Like I do not understand what is happening at Larsen & Tourbo, but I believe Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani has come out of it as a gentleman. And, I think, Mr. Ambani's problem is the same as that of all our political leaders, the sons are not of the same class as the parents. They never are.
Like, on the occasion of the centenary of the Esplanade Court, I would like to state that it reflects on the entire Bombay judiciary the way our police courts are maintained and conducted. And I do not know which are more filthy and less corrupt, our courts or our public hospitals.
Like sometimes I wonder if as a nation we are not unclean people. Our houses are dirty, our cities are dirty, our temples are dirty, reailway stations, trains, government offices, primary schools, restaurants, markets, airports.
Like I wish we win at Sharjah, it for no other reason, then for the sake of our cricketers. They have stopped asking for more money, they have accepted discipline, they have accepted the board's supremacy, they are practising hard, now at least they deserve a win.
And if they fail this time, Bishan Bedi will have to be careful about the words he selects: whether to drown them in the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf.
Like the most amount of fuss the British papers made after winning one Test against the West Indies, it was pathetic.
And that the standards of cricket all round have dropped may be judged from the fact that two mediocre teams such as the West to dominate world cricket.
And this final point of view:
That the saddest news for Bombay is that Mr. Rinaikar is retiring at the end of the month. As somebody said about his last night, he has truly been Bombay's minister for all portfolios.