Mumbai underground: 26/11 not a day for action

Capturing speeches

Shiv Sena leader Yashodhar Phanse wants speeches of BMC corporators recorded just as it happens in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. At present, speeches (that can last up to six hours) made at BMC are noted down. Phanse feels the tempo and style of corporators making colourful speeches is hard to capture on paper. Besides, he contends, what if the secretary fails to keep up with the speaker?

A Chinese story

While local media persons jostled for a better view of the happenings at a 26/11 memorial ceremony Monday, an oriental-looking scribe dressed in western formals was seen hunting for stories around the main stage. A petite yet fiesty police woman, who was making sure the media behave, caught his fancy. As the crowd thinned, he asked her in his thick eastern accent about life in the police force. The police woman, clearly flattered, replied haltingly in monosyllables. As the scribe walked away satisfied with a story no one else had, a bunch of other constables gathered around the woman of the moment. One asked cheekily, "Did he ask you questions in Chinese?" Pat came the reply, " No, he spoke English well, surprisingly!"

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