Cubbon Park, Bangalore, a few weeks ago
On a Sunday morning flight to Delhi for some personal work. Clear skies, brand new aircraft, excellent service on Jet: India at its best.
Down below, 30,000 ft lower, things are in turmoil, more than usual.
A young woman photographer was raped in Bombay. Safety of women is a major issue across India.
The Indian Rupee is at an all time low and almost touched Rs. 70 to the US dollar.
Inflation is high, growth is declining rapidly, industrial output growth is close to zero and there is limited fiscal room to maneuver for the Government.
The rains are good, and that means that three months from now at least agricultural output will once again be high, bringing down food prices and boosting exports.
Not everything in daily life is profound, not everything is doom and gloom, not everything is funny. Sometimes you just amble along, enjoying the service oriented culture in a snazzy part of town, interrupted by my daily 8 a.m. outburst because the traffic from the opposite end starts moving when their light turns red.
India is in for a slowdown, red lights or not, so may as well enjoy the ride.
Btw, the banner photo was taken from our holiday home outside of San Gimignano at 6.20 am. What light! It lasted all of five minutes.