If you can’t keep your cool, keep your hands off the wheel
Khushwant Singh’s concern over the increasing cases of road rage is justified (A son’s painful search for his father and an identity, With Malice Towards One and All, January 30) People are increasingly getting impatient and have no regard for others’ lives. We should be cautious while driving, especially in congested areas. Hotheaded people should take lessons in keeping anger in check and avoid driving during rush hours.
SC Vaid, via email
Welcome to the books party
One look at the pictures accompanying Mayank Austen Soofi’s article New glam in gliterature (The Big Story, January 30) is enough to convince anyone that the Jaipur Literature Festival is nothing short of a midnight rave party. Literature and ostentation do not go hand-in-hand. In fact, literature doesn’t need gaudy festivals to tell people about the importance of books.
Sudhanshu Chopra, via email
Unhealthy truths about junk food
It was interesting to read in Rhythma Kaul’s article Menu makeover (Wellness, January 30) about how a majority of children, if given a choice, prefers nutritious food to junk food. Kaul highlights two important points: there is no clear definition of ‘junk’ and schools, in order to save money, allow canteens to sell unhealthy food. So the real problem is not that children want to eat fries and chips, but that the authorities are doing the opposite of what they preach.
Saira, via email
We cannot let our lamp posts rust
Indrajit Hazra’s use of Jawaharlal Nehru’s lamp post metaphor in his article Hang the metaphor (Red Herring, January 30) reminds one of Nehru’s dislike for dishonesty and the near absence of corruption in his Cabinet. Even during Indira Gandhi’s tenure, corruption was not as big a problem as it is today. But the present-day Congress leadership seems to have decided to turn a blind eye to venal officials, even if the aam aadmi suffers as a result. Jitendra Kothari, via email
The government should take action against the price rise and corruption before the growing unrest among people takes up the shape of a revolution a la Egypt. The guilty, no matter how powerful they are, must be brought to justice. The UPA has nothing more than false promises to offer people. Isn’t it funny that the leadership of an aspiring superpower is not able to provide food, fuel or even clean drinking water at affordable prices to its people? Sharda Bhargav, via email
The common man is tired of criticising the government and questioning its policies. He has accepted corruption to be a way of life and thrown up his hands in despair. This, unfortunately, means that lamp posts will be never used for the purpose Nehru suggested. Vinoy Kumar Sinha, Ranchi
Between the lines
Does Karan Thapar seriously believe that well-known authors won’t get either attention or respect in the world outside Jaipur (The literary Indian, Sunday Sentiments, January 30)? I have witnessed jam-packed venues of book launch events and literary festival in Germany and the US. People throng to them because they respect authors and their works; not because it’s fashionable. Thapar should get off his high horse and take a reality check.
Ritu Khanna, via email
Thapar is right that many people attend the Jaipur Literature Festival only to see famous and accomplished authors and take their autographs. Only a small percentage of the festival attendees care about literature and the event. But even then, it’s wrong to call the festival a ‘tamasha’.
Anju D Anand, Solan
Looking for a cure
Manas Chakravarty’s article Jagged little pills (Loose Canon, January 30) is interesting, as it touches upon many pertinent issues. The character of politician-economist Subramanian Swamy has been portrayed prominently. He takes a jab at the many shortcomings of the government. But in real life, both the ‘doctor’ and the ‘patient’, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, are not taking any concrete action to solve the problems of the common man.
RL Pathak, Delhi
Idle on his ideals
With reference to Ashis Nandy’s article Fodder for the nation? (Sunday Guest Column, January 30), it is sad that the country that regards Mahatma Gandhi as Father of the nation has, over the years, remained a mute witness to the slow death of his ideals. If our governments had paid attention to Gandhi’s teachings, they would have ensured at least a continuous supply of potable water in every part of the country. India uses its Gandhian image to market itself in international forums. But in reality, it doesn’t follow any of his ideals.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata