And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general opinions and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like what the executive and the legislature could not do, the judiciary has done. It has lined up all the crooks and paderers in the government and the opposition and ordered the CBI to investigate them and prosecute them Ö and that without any delay. And every time the CBI has dragged its feet, it has pulled it up.
Like Mr. Narasimha Rao is unnecessarily being given credit for the present clean-up. It is the judiciary, particularly the supreme court and the Delhi high court, which is doing its job, and sometimes more than its job.
Like, remember Kalpnath Rai! He used to call Indira Gandhi a daimond. Now he is on the run, a fugitive from justice.
Like I agree with Mr. Khushwant Singh, cent per cent. Mr. Advani may be the foulest communalist and Hindu fundamentalist in the country, but I will not believe he has take money for himself or been unfaithful to his wife.
Like if they want Jazz By The Bay to succeed, they will have to have live jazz music there every single night. Otherwise it will turn into just one more expressive restaurant.
Like the saddest part about Mumbai is that the old corner restaurants of Iranis and Udipis are being sold out to banks. And, if I had sufficient money, I would subsidise Irani restaurants, let the Iranis themselves run them, and take a small commission form them.
Like the world Cup is slowly getting into swing, though all I am reading about in the newspapers is teams from Jenya and Holland. Let's get the big boys in.
And these evenings you should go to the CCL. You can beel the atmosphere buzzing, though there is going to be no match there.
Like my plans are made for the next few weeks. I am going to sit at home and watch cricket on TV. And I hope the Hinduja channels revive Prime Sports and forget ESPN for a few days. Also, I do not want to watch the World Cup on Doordarshan, the reception is always bed.
And I do not know why they did not stage the World Cup a month earlier, in January. The weather would have been that much cooler, but the days would have been much shorter, and most of the grounds do not have floodlights.
Like England is still the ideal country for the World Cup. There are enough grounds, within driving distance of one another, there is a large body of intelligent cricket viewers, the game and the rules are properly established, there is no danger of sabotage (IRA?), the only risk is the weather, but then that is part of England cricket.
And this final point of view:
That if India wins the World Cup, I plan to vote for Mr. Narasimha Rao in the elections.