India: The new RBI Governor, eminent scholar, economist and bestselling author, Raghuram Rajan, is down with the strange and rare viral fever. Mr Raghuram Rajan was unavailable for interview, but obliged to share his diary entry exclusively with FN. Excerpts below from Raghuram Rajan’s diary:
After my day long meetings with UPA members on Monday and Tuesday as the new RBI Governor, I felt I had caught some strange fever.
On Wednesday, I had only begun work on a presentation on tackling the monetary problems of the nation when I started feeling very tired and lethargic, and for the first time in my life, I drifted into sleep while on the job. When I woke up, I saw somebody had modified my ppt on issues of Poverty and Monetary Policy with slides on Building self confidence for Dummies!
I heard that members of the PMO were roaming around. I asked them if somebody had altered my ppt, and they said they had no role in changing my presentation. Queer!
The day clearly wasn’t going well, so I thought I should leave home early, but not before I pay reverence to the Lord at the nearby temple. As we drove us to the temple, I shockingly blanked out again, and then caught myself with hands folded to the enormous Sonia Gandhi poster next to the temple. I was aghast! Stranger still, was that Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde and Mrs Ambika Soni were also there!
The strangeness did not end there. Later that day at home, my wife was unable to find the money she had kept aside for our domestic help. I started to help her search, and was shell-shocked to find it in my own pocket! I honestly don’t know how it got there, and can’t even imagine stealing from the poor lady. My wife was upset and asked me if i had had a drink as I supposedly sounded illogical and wasn’t making any sense. I had to explain to her that Sanjay Jha had only dropped me home and we did not go drinking.
I had only spent 2 harmless days meeting the cabinet ministers, PM, prominent UPA and Congress members. My doctor says I may have contracted a rare viral fever. I don’t feel like working any more, and my thinking feels muddled. I am finding it difficult to take decisions, and spent almost half an hour thinking about whether I should take the frontseat or the backseat when travelling with my driver. It’s unimaginable, but even with the country in bullshit, I think a foreign vacation would be fun.
Hope I get better soon.
Ciao, Raghuram Rajan