These diplomatic visits, I heard about them so often during my childhood days. But those were the days when Indian media, more patriotic than a flagpole, had no other glorious stories about
All these changed in the 90s when more trigger-happy things started happening in
All the same, the news item about
How wonderful international life is…airports, greetings, cascade of flowers, embraces, orchestras, every moment polished by protocol, …limousines, parties, toasts written out and translated, galas and brilliance, praise, confidential conversations, global themes, etiquette, splendour, presents, suites,…sightseeing, stroking children..how magnificent and relaxing, how refined and honored, how dignified and proper, how – exactly – international!