Bandwallas, by Naina Kanodia
(from the Taj Magazine)
D: A couple of years ago our landlord came home and said, 'I need five lakhs (Rs. 500,000).' He is a government official. He has several houses and a number of office properties, which he rents out. I said, 'Why do you need it?' He said, 'My corruption trial is coming up, and the judge says he'll acquit me if I pay him.'
From "under the firestar", an excellent blog from Tamil Nadu. Readers from Manila will find much they can identify with in Nancy Gandhi's wry observations. Take this, on the difference between the streetlife in developing and developed worlds.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of people here. When I have infrequently visited America, it has looked like a film set: brightly lighted, unnaturally clean, and empty. Where is everybody?