US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kiss while dancing at the Commander—AFP

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kiss while dancing at the Commander—AFP

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kiss while dancing at the Commander—AFP

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.