The soundbites were too good to last, and my cynicism was not really misplaced. So decent roads and town planning benefit only the rich – mindblowing. Here’s something noticed that should worry Bangalore: at a recent Alumni meet there were very few 2005 graduates, against the norm. Usually the most recent batches displayed the maximum enthusiasm for such events. When I asked around I was told that most of the batch – hired by the likes of Infy, Wipro, Oracle etc – was in Hyderabad or Delhi or Pune or Chennai! The slide has started. Whether HDK and the likes want the taps to run dry, or whether they believe that the best way to solve poverty, both monetary and infrastructural, is growth, remains to be seen. Rhetoric is back in fashion after a brief holiday.