A plane takes off during a rehearsal of the Aero India 2013 in Bengaluru-PTI

A plane takes off during a rehearsal of the Aero India 2013 in Bengaluru-PTI

A plane takes off during a rehearsal of the Aero India 2013 in Bengaluru-PTI

Mumbai

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.

Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.