“The coldest February in Jammu in 40 years”
Have you ever noticed how the “highest / lowest / most in 40 years” accomplishment receives such fanfare?
“The longest Street Hawker Union strike in 40 years”
I am at a complete loss as to why this particular time frame was chosen as the bar for newsworthiness. Why did 30 miss out? How about the more quote-friendly 50? Do we have a metal or mineral to represent the 40th anniversary? Ruby and Zinc were available when last I checked. “The biggest blow to Indian hockey in 40 years”.
40 years ago must have been a heck of a time to be alive, thought I. 1968. Music, Revolution. Organic-farming hippies. Maybe Feb, 1968 wasn’t that cold in Jammu. Maybe it was just a collective withdrawal from a long ganja trip. “The most successful poppy crop in Afghanistan in 40 years”.
There are other equally odious claims. “The biggest housing colony in Asia”. Asia is such a close knit, politically important collection of nations. I can even draw a free hand map of Asia.
All I am saying is, we should stick to 10, 25, 50, world and hemispheres.