4 min read.Updated: 24 May 2019, 01:05 AM ISTJyotirmoy Saha
An unexpected vacation in hospital can throw the hardiest into the rough and tumble of Indian elections
It began less than a fortnight ago, and I probably have Lord Ram to thank. But let me not jump ahead of myself. It was 10 May 2019, 23:20.34 hours. “Please have another drink," said PD (real name withheld). I graciously accepted as I poured myself another whisky. The flight back from Manila earlier that evening was a little disappointing. The demure stewardess in her indigo sarong kebaya had apologetically told me that they weren’t carrying my favourite single malt. She may have been judging me for drinking during daylight, but the trip to Manila was also long and boring. I’d been missing my daily dose of entertainment: screams on Republic TV, cynical pessimism on NDTV and the righteous cacophony of Times Now.