I woke up groggy eyed and late (at almost exactly ten - I did go to sleep at four - no excuse though) in the morning after Arsenal lost the game last night, though Barca were deserving winners, switched on my TV which happened to be on RajdeepTV and saw the ticker - I first thought that they'ld got the decimal wrong.
But at 10.15 I got a call from a friend - "TV dekh raha hai?"
"Behanchod, its a freaking bloodbath!"
I had no idea how the day would progress, but bloodbath is too mild a term to describe what happened today. Fair enough, the Indian markets have been climbing inexorably high and today's fall is linked to falls across the world. Several other large indices also collapsed today - "A sea of red" the Beeb business news called it.
"Kitne log suicide kiye abhi tak?" someone in office blurted out.
I don't know but - dude this is serious - the BSE Sensex was down 826.38 points down 6.76% which is a lot in any language - and all 30 Sensex stocks were in the red for the first time ever.
I'm pretty sure the market will recover tomorrow, but before that the papers will do blanket coverage of the fall today and a lot of garbage will be spoken.