A friend, who has been based in an extremely senior capacity with a commercial organisation, writes regarding that country: "we have no shortage of anectodal material (much of which is based on innuendo and quite frankly, half educated talk). Even after many years here, I find good and reliable unbiased evidence in remarkably short supply. We require not statisticians but high quality detectives here. Sherlock Holmes would have had a good career!"

Though he intended the comment only in relation to the specific country in which he is based, this is an observation that is accurate everywhere east and south of Europe and North America.

Readers of my blog will not need to wonder why - because they will know why.

Prabhu Guptara