Conversation between two people, P1 and P2, started with discussing a bomb in Ajmer and went downhill from there. Here's the tail end.
- P1: Sonia is not an Indian! She was born in another country!
P2: Well, so was LK Advani. Are you saying he is not Indian?
P1: That's quite different. Go back 60 years, and where he was born was not in a different country.
P1: So it's not the same thing.
P2: OK, so go back thousands of years then, and where Sonia was born was not in a different country either. In fact, there were no countries then.
P1: You know what, you just don't know the meaning of being Indian.
A Hindustan Times (Oct 13) article about the scarcity of parking space in Bombay ends with this quote from realty consultant Ramesh Naik:
- "Getting a parking spot is such an issue for many residents [of Bombay] that they prefer keeping their cars parked at home and use public transport to commute."
Two items from the sports pages of the HT (Oct 13). This one first:
- Both police and the Baroda Cricket Association have vehemently denied that Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds was racially abused during the fifth one-day international against India here.
Vadodara Police Commissioner PC Thakur said that the crowd occasionally chanted "Ganapati-bappa Moriya", which might have led to the confusion.
Earlier, Australian newspapers claimed Symonds was subjected to monkey chants while fielding on the boundary.
"... [N]one [in the crowd] uttered a single word against any Australian player," Thakur said.
- South African all-rounder Vernon Philander and assistant coach Vincent Barnes were racially abused with monkey chants during the second Test against Pakistan on Friday, officials said. Police removed about a dozen spectators, mostly school students, from the stadium during the match in Lahore after complaints from the South African team, officials said.
Whatever you do think, I'm reminded of Viv Richards. Five years ago, after crowds ruined three India-WI matches in a row, that swaggering West Indian hero of the game wrote in a Times of India column:
- During my playing days, Indian crowds had the reputation of loving their cricket and applauding even visiting players. I have scored a few runs in these parts, and I remember crowds applauding me whenever I reached a personal milestone.
Sadly, the current spectators don't seem to love cricket, only Indian cricketers. I am saddened to note that no one claps when a West Indian reaches a 50 or takes a wicket.