Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Oh! India!

So, this is India for you. You have the popular 'Bade Miyan' dishing out Biryanis and Bhurjis late at the night right behind the super expensive Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Bombay. And then you have the famous road-side stalls of Bhel Puris and Pav Bhajis of the Juhu Chowpatty less than half a mile from the oh-so-happening JW Marriot, again in Bombay.

Not just Bombay, but even the expensive Connaught Place in Delhi is fraught with chana-bhatura stalls as also is the famous India Gate a couple of miles from the Parliament House. So, is the case with Chennai's Mount Road and Hyderabad's Banjara Hills. In fact, this is one reason I believe which makes India (the urban one) so live-able in spite of the otherwise inexplicable cost of living - which seems to be purely dictated by the supply-demand curve rather than any value for the money involved.

But to take pride and enjoy in such extremities is one thing. And living in a country which mints millionaires at the same time when more than 60 million children in the live without basic health-care, is quite another. And the government mulls over N-deal and its effects on elections!

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