Today (2 October) happens to be Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, a national holiday in India. However, the Mahatma will be turning in his grave—stirring in his ashes, if one has to be technically correct—to know that all we do on this day is just shut our offices and shops, and in general sit on our arses doing nothing. A fine way to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation!
At least this time it was a Sunday.
On a lighter note: one gold star to McDonalds! Was in there having a spot of lunch there—yes, yes, in total contravention of Mr Gandhi’s Swadeshi philosophy! I was hungry, give me a break! I knocked over my iced tea by mistake, and they replaced it for me, at no cost. Maybe McDonald’s have a policy of doing this in other parts of the world, but Indian commercial establishments generally don’t behave this way. For heaven’s sake, you can’t even return defective goods for a refund!
Am watching Gandhi on national televsion as I write this. Must have seen this at least a dozen times—both in English and dubbed in Hindi—and it never fails to give me goose pimples…