And if you ask me, it gets worse. Women regard the males still around as positioned at varying stages of insufferable. They're probably right; the men who gather around one another evening after club evening seem to offer no temptations. They look tired of women, retired from relationships. Indian Britain is coming to suffer from a huge mismatch of willing women and unavailable men. A coupling with India seems the natural solution; think just of the Republic Day parade of wasted libido.
Now the women, usually returnees to singlehood, have begun to haunt the clubs too. Revenge self-sufficiency is admirable, but it's a grim sort of thing. There isn't a sight quite as unhappy as a looking woman all dressed for anywhere to go, then to remain unnoticed. Or worse, make forward moves of the kind that tradition has maintained as male misfortune. I am considering launching an appeal to male readers of Outlook. Please at least visit and, as we like to say, oblige.
This is normally understood as a genetic difference between our natural excitability and the stony stiffness the English are born into. But there is more to it. England has fought off frenzy at least partly by turning cricket into a betting game—and then not betting on England. The British have long known that you don’t need to own a horse to make money off it. Money is the best pill against anxious nationalism.
He has lived in Britain, but noticed it only peripherally. London has been just a hard currency place to visit India from. Only India gets him really talking, and these days the new India. His saala came visiting and shopped in pounds with, you know, an Indian credit card, and he drives a Ford smarter than his own in London. The malls in India made his suitcases sorry, he was no more a providing citizen from consumerland, he’d lost Santa status. All these years he’d been the nri, and now every Indian he knew was nri-like. Ludhiana was moving on to the fast road in fast cars. If India offers all this, why stay holed up any longer in some brown corner near Heathrow. But that India has made life better near Heathrow too. Sidhu told me he wanted to quickly meet some white guy, just any from his old workplace, to say for the joy of saying it that Tata had bought Corus, the company that was once British steel, you know.
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