Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.
“Mr. Chidambaran says we shouldn’t complain, since we can afford mineral water and ice cream,” said home-maker Shalini of Jhunjhunu. “But I tried feeding my family mineral water and ice-cream for three days, and now Pintoo has a sore throat. Besides, who is he to criticize? I can do his job much better than him. If someone stole thousands of crores from my ministry, do you think I wouldn’t notice?”
Man-in-the-street Abdur Rehman was equally vehement, although in a hurry.
“Look at all those ‘Most Wanted’ lists he kept sending Interpol,” said Mr. Rehman. “The people listed in them were either dead, or already in jail, or living in Bhindi Bazaar. I was hoping my mother-in-law would feature, but fortune did not favour me. Now kindly excuse me as I have to rush, otherwise my ice-cream will melt.”