The oil spill no one cares about, like our Bhopal disaster

BIG oil spills are no longer news in the Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface. This once-verdant area has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are lifeless.
Read this
http://www.theage.com.au/world/large-oil-spills-are-old-news-in-the-niger-delta-20100617-yjnf.html

Looks like the world has multiple standards

1. For the white world
2. One for the black world
3. In India we have one for Delhi and metros and the chatterati, literatti, and celebrities
4. We have another for Bhopal

Taking refuge…

Once again, I am taking refuge in my own blog.

A peep at my Facebook page and I see everybody liking everybody else’s status. Pictures of cute kids. P L Deshpande had famously parodied people’s penchant for insisting that the guests see the family photo album(and hear children reciting all the poems complete with dance moves). Now facebook supercharges this penchant. Then a mother sweetly rebukes her son. There are women who seem inseparable from their husbands -they can not bear the thought of being photographed alone. A game of scrabble or whatever errupts and you get the scores. Never mind the football or cricket score. Being showered with gifts that need a thousand clicks and hugs and kisses and pokes, the works.

I take refuge. In my drink.