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   And, for one more Saturday... (July 12, 1991)

And, for one more Saturday, a few stray observations and a few point of view (all my own work): Like in trying to break up the Shiv Sena the Congress has created two Shiv Senas. Now we have Shiv Sena and Shiv Sena (Bhujabal). And I do not believe Mr. Thackeray is Manohar Joshi's prisoner or the gang of four's prisoner. He is his own prisoner. He who rides a tiger, etc. Like the lesson is being repeated: As long as you are successful, the minute you start failing, troubles start. If the Shiv Sena had not fared so miserably in the recent by-elections and the municipal council elections, the present crisis in the party would not have been there. And before the Sena is restructured, it will have to be structured. Like for the life of me I do not understand why Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal has gone underground. I mean people do defect from their parties almost every day in India, but they do not go into hiding, or, for that matter, even require police to protect them. Like I notice that the World Bank has released another 900 million dollar's loan to India. And I hope somebody is keeping an account of all this money. Like the televising of the parliamentarians has been a flop. If nobody is bothered to read about the MPs in newspapers, why would they want to see them on TV! And talking of televising parliament, you should read Ms. Bachi Jehangir Karkaria's middle' in the TIO today - There's an MP in my upma. You can almost hear her reading the piece at the 50th anniversary of Samovar. Like somebody should organise a centenary celebration of the Irani restaurants in Bombay. They have contributed more to the city's life and culture than any other group of restaurants I know. And these stray thoughts. Like after yesterday's tied match at Perth, we could except the Indians to be at least less defeatist in their performances. And, I think, we should make it to the finals in this contest. Be cause the West Indies, man for man and team for team, are worse than us. They are just large guys with small talents. Like the Indian batting will improve, but what I found most disheartening was the Indian fielding. Nobody seems to be throwing himself about, instead, they wait for the ball to pass them, then turn around and chase it on flat feet. Like captains and managers should be banned from saying such things as - In the end, cricket has won. And this final point of view: That the writing on the wall is clear - what India wants is batsmen, not bowlers.

 
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