At least it’s better than picking your ear or nose?

KPN photo

Cellphone etiquette, as a prerequisite of civilised behaviour, is something that has completely skipped an entire generation of Indians. (And we aren’t alone.) We shout, we hiss, we send and check messages, we keep silly ringtones high in concerts and movie halls, we use it while driving, etc, without giving a damn for such prized things as privacy, civility, safety, etc.

Union minister for environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh, was in Bangalore on Tuesday. Doubtless, politicians and bureaucrats wedded to the “development agenda”, heard the the Chikmagalur-born minister with rapt attention without missing a single synecdoche and semi-colon. Home minister V.S. Acharya (right) and V.P. Baligar (centre), the principal secretary to chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa, demonstrate that they are cut from the same cloth as the rest of humanity.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News