Eavesdropper

Written by The Financial Express | Updated: Feb 28 2013, 05:56am hrs
American desi

To the surprise of many Indian and foreign journalists gathered to hear former IMF chief economist Raghuram Rajan speak, the press conference on the Economic Survey started with him speaking in chaste Hindi with an Americanised accent. After a few minutes of watching their nervous reaction, Rajan switched over to English, much to everyones relief.

Cost cutting

In his own innovative means to fight inflation, Rajan said his team had slashed the number of pages in the Economic Survey by 60, saving R15 lakh. This not only saves paper and ink but also cuts down the time taken by the journalists to read the Survey. This, of course, assumes that journalists read the Survey cover to cover!