Given the rather ramshackle condition of India's aviation infrastructure, I believe that by flying to Calcutta tomorrow I am putting my life in the hands of the Saville Row suited and booted Mr PeePee. PeePee whose single agenda was to improve the lot of India's private airlines (or rather Jet Airways) at the cost of Indian Airlines and Air India has kinda ruined the joy of flying for me. But, I bitch about PeePee too much. Now lets talk about that 'Old Witch' Mrs G (original). I liked today's HT graphic where Nixon and Kissinger bitch out Mrs G (original) and call Indians 'Slippery, treacherous people'. Thank god the cold war is over, and anyway as good desi's remember that Nixon was impeached (though that will never happen to ANY politician in India despite crimes far worse) and Kissinger has the blood of thousands of dead American troops in Vietnam on him, and anyway the President is dead and Kissinger is irrelevant. So much so, that yesterday, the good bumbling Bong in the cabinet met Kissinger's newest heir, Ms Condawondalezza Rice and signed some sort of deal with her by which we say "USA, USA, USA" like bumbling idiots in a WWE wrestling game.
Not that you heard anyone in the BJP saying how evil the Americans were. No, even the suave Arun Jaitley would agree with the contention that Mrs G (original) was a bitch. After all she locked up the man for 19 months. Anyway, you'ld be hard pressed to find a BJP man who will say that Mrs G (Italian copy) is NOT a witch. After all, given the rather relentless pursuit of BJP acolytes by the current government (all the hallmarks of a witch-hunt, sorry I did study Macbeth thats why the obsession with witches) Mrs G (Italian copy) is a witch and more. Worse she is Italian, and you'll hear hushed voices saying that "she eats pasta", then adding "without ketchup." Oh my god!
But, the way that Mrs G (Italian copy) has started to attack Hitler-copy Narendra Modi about the gas find is quite peculiar. The same journalists who were tom-tomming the rather dubious claims by Cairns and Reliance are now calling Modi a liar. Which I'm sure that Modi is, but surprisingly oily Aiyar is not attacking Modi directly rather using his fan-club to do it. Prominent members of the Mani Aiyar fan-club are ET and ToI, or rather their oil correspondents. All these oil and gas findings should be taken with a massive dose of salt. So massive in fact that you might die from salt poisoning.
On a personal note. I ate lunch at Nirula's Salad Bar in CP today. Quite sad whats happened to Nirula's. It seems that the coffee-bar revolution and more notably McDonalds and the Pizza jpoints have killed them off. Quite sad. The food is still decent though! So when in CP check out the lunch buffet at PotPourri. Rs 190+taxes well spent. More later in the day!