WISISWYG: What I See Is What You Get:-)
It was a long 17-hour flight that I was half-way turning into a mummy.
I was visiting this country after a lapse of 10 years, prepared to see a changed scene. But this was something else…at the airport.
At the immigration, I was steeling myself to face those hurly-burly guys ready to shake the small change out of hidden trouser pockets. If you ever wanted to empathize with creatures facing a spray of Flit , this is exactly the place you go, without the option of scurrying to unseen underside of some furniture or equipment. Instead here was a friendly soft-spoken officer who stopped just short of welcoming me. Perhaps it was an off-day for the regulars? Or is it a genuine soul change? I wouldn’t know.
Passing through the customs, again, was easier than saying ‘Hi’.
May be these wily firangees are playing to an agenda <This is what happens to your head when you read books of ‘Freakanomics’ kind like I did recently>.
Consider this: Assume every day 100 flights leave Indian skies, each carrying about 200 passengers heading for this country. That is 20,000 heads a day. At a minimum, let us say, they carry $500 per-capita to spend in US. Makes it $10 m a day or $3 b+ a year. No small change and this is spent at the bottom of the economic pyramid – mostly at the retail outlets. All without one bead of sweat.
Makes sense? The other day, someone said if you ever want to understand a phenomenon, follow the money trail – in most cases, this works. But like most of you, I’m not given to such cold calculative thinking. I was, honestly, welcome, I would like to think – plain and simple.
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