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``I will be there in a jiffy. Please ask him to have a seat'' U{ uX p IyKp.

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``Few months? I don't know about that Jayasimha? You sure may find it difficult to get to the people, overcrowding and pollution there. My friend Parameshwara here who is born and raised in India finds it difficult to stay longer than 3-4 weeks at a time, you don't know India.''

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``What are you doing in India all that time? ''
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