Deputy Managing Editor Anthony D'Costa is travelling with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the latter's four-day visit to Mauritius. An intrepid observer, D'Costa promised when he left Mumbai that he will report on every move that the prime minister and his team make. Here are some random notes he sent us on the second day of the visit:
Attended a hot, hot, hot Sega dance performance late last night. Reminded me of the Brazilian Carnival (repeat, Brazilian, not Goan Carnival). Need I say anything more?
You have to witness it to believe it. Before the show, which had some stunning acts by young boys and girls, a band played oldies, including Guantanamera.
We started by watching the dances from about 50 meters away. And then moved to the tables, a few inches away from the performers.
And that is where the excitement stopped. The performers were wearing skin-colored tights.
We old men
With due apologies to the Indian media team here. The next time Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is off on a foreign tour to some exotic spot like Mauritius, the media accompanying him should comprise young, energetic reporters. Not above 40 guys, as the only thing we want to do is 'file copy.' Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhhh!
Signs of our times
Two interesting sign boards in Mauritius -- 1. Drink or drive. Not both. 2. Keep to your left except when overtaking.
After a hard day's work, what do you do? Watch local Mauritian television. Many of the channels had 'adult' stuff very early in the day (ok, ok, early evening)
Not very impressive
So, you want a nice story? Sorry, guys.
The media control room in-charge is Amandeep Gill. And he too will not get a story done on him. He promised to speak to the person concerned so that rediff.com could reproduce an interview of the Indian prime minister with a local newspaper. He has still not got back to me.
Who's staying where