Sunday, March 05, 2006

Idea of India

Nothing much to write about the past week. Lotsa work, very little play. Except yesterday when we went to my friend Simran’s annual garden party at her regal Aurangzeb Road home. It’s the most beautiful garden, really, and it was nice to catch up with friends from the media. Simran was complaining that the next house is of LNM and that his caretaker plays loud music. Well, that’s some problem to have on hand. Bush was here and I enjoyed his inspiring speech from the Old Fort. He made a good job of selling India to Indians. We have a long way to go but I think the scent of India as a place is changing. I can see hope floating in the air and it seems India is an idea whose time has finally come. We really need to consolidate our gains from here. Infrastructure is a huge issue and that needs to be addressed on a war footing. Sadly, unlike China, the urgency is missing, and our bureaucrats and politicians are adept at playing games. Maybe soon we shall marginalise them and get on with life. Take care…