"For the desk of:
His Excellency Wen Jiabao,
The Premier's Office,
Capital of the Freedom-Loving Nation of China
From the desk of:
The White Tiger
A Thinking Man
And an entrepreneur
Living in the world's centre of technology and outsourcing
Electronics City Phase 1 (just off Hosur Main Road),
Neither you nor I can speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English.
My ex-employer the late Mr Ashok's ex-wife, Pinky Madam, taught me one of these things; and at 11:32 p.m. today, which is about ten minutes ago, when the lady on All India Radio announced, 'Premier Jiabao is coming to Bangalore next week', I said that thing at once.
In fact, each time when great men like you visit our country I say it. Not that I have anything against great men. In my way, Sir, I consider myself one of your kind. But whenever I see our prime minister and his distinguished sidekiks drive to the airport in black cars and get out and do namastes before you in front of a TV camera and tell you about how moral and saintly India is, I have to say that thing in English.
Now, you are visiting us this week, Your Excellency, aren't you? All India Radio is usually reliable in these matters.
That was a joke, sir.
That's why I want to ask you directly if you really are coming to Bangalore. Because if you are, I have something important to tell you. See, the lady on the radio said, 'Mr Jiabao is on a mission: he wants to know the truth about Bangalore.'
My blood froze. If anyone knows the truth about Bangalore, it's me."
ARAVIND ADIGA - "THE WHITE TIGER"
Asa cum am amenintat de cand m-am intors din Barcelona, va fac pofta de aceasta carte minunata punand aici primele paragrafe ca teaser :). Daca vreti sa stiti care este cuvantul acela in engleza, daca v-a placut atat de mult "Dumnezeul lucrurilor marunte", incat sa mai vreti sa descoperiti India "behind closed doors", atunci aceasta este cartea. Ironie neagra la maxim, poveste care te duce sus de tot pe val si nu te mai lasa pana la final... Domnul scriitor este castigatorul de anul acesta al "Man Booker Prize", daca este nevoie de recomandare. Pentru mine, nici numele lui, nici premiul nu au insemnat ceva atunci cand am cumparat-o, insa am citit paragrafele de mai sus si am zis ca trebuie continut cumva "Dumnezeul...".
Vineri, 12 decembrie 2008, Aeroportul Otopeni