A fairly recent YouTube news channel goes from place to place to discuss the political atmosphere in various cities. I love watching the series. It is good to see the common person on the street getting an opportunity to share his/her views and perspectives. A person starts talking. The journalist wants to give the next person a chance to talk. The first person is not willing to let go. He talks of everything starting from a certain 'religious' woman who is fighting the elections against a politician who was one of those who sent her to jail. The talk is centred around this lady, the good she has done, the good she has promised to do, to religion etc. Coming to the point, nobody really comes to the point of the journalist's questions. Everyone wants to see themselves on camera and wants to dominate the conversation. During this time there are others who are hanging around waiting for their turn for some sound bytes. I am travelling by auto. Somebody just jumps the lights and almost hits the auto. The roads are virtually non existent. Me, my back and my bad ankle are being taken for an adventure ride in preparation for the days when humanity will move to the moon. I just grumble about the state of the roads. That is enough. I am a willy nilly captive audience (unless I want to jump out of a moving vehicle) to the rantings about various politicians or a detailed political analysis of the political fortunes of Karnataka by the rickshaw driver. They talk and they talk and they talk. In fact this is the only topic people like to talk a lot about. Catch anybody wanting to talk to you about food, birds, some nice comedy show etc. Moral of the story: 1. We Indians are a deeply frustrated lot and love to vent about the state or non-state of politics - state as well as central 2. The title "The talkative Indian" was spot on! Hats off to the author for his astute observation. Though it does not take an Einstein to realize it within 2 hours of being on the streets of this country.