The vaccination scenario in India feels like a throwback to the 1970s, when restrictive policies had created black markets for foreign products like cornflakes that had high snob appeal
One glorious day in my Colaba childhood, I watched my grandfather score an extraordinary bonanza from below the counter of our favourite grocery store. The wordlessly intense transaction was all widened eyes; then a wink and inclined nod sealed the bargain. In an impenetrable flash of tightly-wrapped brown paper, the contraband passed swiftly from hand to hand and disappeared into our shopping bags. We raced home giddy with excitement to unveil the prize in all its precious glory. It was a box of cornflakes.