06 August, 2021

Zubin Mehta

With so many expensive, imported cars around, why are the Valley people complaining?

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Zubin Mehta
outlookindia.com
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Shalom! What a wonderful week! Concerts in Kashmir (Srinagar) and dear old Bombay, oops, sorry, Mumbai. The Srinagar concert was more memorable, everyone arrived in BMWs, Mercs, other imported cars and hired limousines. With so many expensive, imported cars around, why are the Valley people complaining? Of course, later I learnt it was all courtesy the German embassy in Delhi. That’s okay with me but the ambassador will have to do some explaining to Chancellor Angela Merkel, when the bill for that extravaganza reaches her desk for approval. And to think she’s advocating a belt-tightening for Greece, Portugal and other poor European nations, urging their people to eat once a day! But the Srinagar show was worth all this, though some people did ask on which routes I operated, mistaking me for a local bus conductor.

Actually on this visit, my cup really runneth over. Gujarat leader Narendra Modi took the first step towards becoming the next Indian prime minister. I like his idea of dev­elopment. In my Israel, we have the same passion, we achieve...

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