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Trust meets nostalgia

Your cover story on the important role played by Godrej in nation building was informative. It was also nostalgic as I have used many Godrej products. For me, they are the best (‘Storewel to space’, June 25). I am happy to know that with acquisitions, expansions and new businesses, Godrej is spreading its wings.


Consumer interest in non-meat-based protein is increasing everywhere, and I agree with Nadir Godrej that there is a lot that agribusinesses can do to provide protein for Indians. I hope Godrej is at the forefront here.


Pranab Gautam,

On email.


When I got my first job, the cashier used to keep the money in a small box. One day, out of curiosity, I asked him why he was keeping cash in such an unsafe place, and that anyone could run away with the box. He smiled and asked me to lift the box. Forget lifting it, I could not even move it by an inch! No wonder, the brand was Godrej. And, yes, who can forget the Godrej typewriter!


Dilip Gurjar,

On email.


I still have a Godrej almirah I brought in 1985 from Ranchi, and it is as good as new. I remember asking the seller why it cost more than the locally made almirahs. He said the cost of the spray paint used on the almirah alone would cover the price difference.


The almirah has travelled with me—from Ranchi to Hosapete in Karnataka, to Mysuru.


Its door cannot be closed and locked unless it is on level ground—that, mind you, is the extent of precision.


T. Sudhakar Bhat,

On email.


Some of the articles that find a place in your esteemed magazine are indeed special. The latest in this genre is the excellent write-up on a remarkable Indian company, Godrej, which has become a household name. Godrej is a brand synonymous with trust.


I hope that the conglomerate makes rapid strides in all fields.



On email.


I salute Ardeshir Godrej for betting on India when the nation was almost sold out to foreign rulers.


It will be fitting to confer the Bharat Ratna on him posthumously.


Mahesh Joshi,

On email.


Burning Manipur

The intensity of the conflict in Manipur can be gauged from a horrid tragedy that befell a seven-year-old Kuki boy who was grievously injured in a crossfire (‘Complicit in the carnage’, June 25). When the boy was being taken to hospital in an ambulance, accompanied by his mother and a relative, the opposite faction apparently attacked the vehicle and burnt it down. The police watched helplessly.


And we thought all this happened only in strife-torn countries like Sudan or Uganda and Congo.


Kangayam R. Narasimhan,

On email.


The BJP government in Manipur has failed on all fronts and should be dismissed. Your correspondent always interviews Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. He should tell Singh that Indians don’t want him to continue in power.


Roopika Mathur,

On email.


Buddhism and Hinduism not same

Even though Meenakshi Lekhi’s column (June 18) was interesting, as a student of philosophy I can humbly say that dhamma and dharma are not the same.


Buddhism doesn’t meet Hinduism, and it revolts against some of the Sanatana traditions of Hinduism. Buddhism rejects the caste system, and the concept of God, heaven and hell.


Also, Buddhists do not accept the Buddha to be a Vishnu avatar. Buddhism is the pure form of Hinduism.


Subhash Desai,

On email.


Why no analysis?

THE WEEK is well-known for its in-depth analysis of any news. But your coverage of the Balasore train tragedy was very poor. No analysis was done in this case.


Also, you must give importance to personal finance, mutual funds, stocks and shares.


G. Balasubramanian,

On email.