Teacher’s – The best Scotch Whisky in India

Whisky, one of the world’s largest spirits, has a history of its own. The name ‘whisky’ itself is a variant on the phrase ‘water of life’ indicting spirits. Teacher’s Highland Cream Scotch Whisky and Beam Global Spirits & Wine Stall have won the biggest recognition awards.

First: Teacher’s Highland Cream Scotch whisky won the InSpirit 2008 award for the best bottled in India scotch.

Second: Beam Global Spirits & wine stall, the makers of Teacher’s, Jim Beam & Sauza won the Best Promotion Award as well.

November 18th, 2008: The fourth largest spirits company in the world, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, has won the IndSpirit Award 2008 for its flagship brand Teacher’s Scotch. Teacher’s Highland Cream Scotch has been awarded as the Best Bottled in India Scotch for 2008 making it the undisputed leader in its category. This Award was presented to Teacher’s by Mr. Gavin Hevitt, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association. In addition, Beam Global Spirits and Wine India also won an award for the Best Stall which served exotic Sauza cocktails and had blind tasting sessions for the authentic Jim Beam bourbon whiskey.

Commenting on the association, Mr. Harish Moolchandani, CEO & MD, Beam Global Spirits & Wine India and Indian Sub-Continent, said, “The acclaim and recognition that adorns us will always be a source of great pride and commitment to refine and expand the base of our admirers. We are pleased to accept this appreciation for our brand & its quality in India. This Award will further distinguish Teacher’s Scotch in the wide array of its genre of spirits.”

Teacher’s traces its roots as far back as the 1830s – to William Teacher, a Victorian grocer who started selling whisky in Glasgow, Scotland. Teacher’s uses over 35 different single malt whiskies in its blend. These malts are balanced and harmonised delivering the same full rich taste that William Teacher created over 178 years ago. The blend has an exceptionally high malt content which gives it a richer full bodied flavour. Today, Teacher’s is one of the leading and largest selling Scotch brand.

IndSpirit is a mega alcobev trade event that is held annually. The two day conference serves as
a congregation of not just the alcobev industry in India, but also those who are directly or indirectly connected to this brand, from the importers & distributors to the consumers.

About Teacher’s

Teacher’s Family takes great pride in meticulously following a 178 year old tradition of producing the finest spirits known to man. Teacher’s 50 is a premium 12 year old Scotch whisky – A legacy that was started by William Teacher’s in 1830. Teacher’s is a key Whisky brand in the Beam Global portfolio, a dominant global Scotch player and a market leader in India.

About Beam Global Spirits & Wine

Inspiring conversations around the world, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., is building brands people want to talk about.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for our brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Ardmore Scotch Whisky, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, Teacher’s® Scotch Whisky, DeKuyper® Cordials and Liqueurs, Knob Creek® Bourbon and Starbucks™ Liqueurs.  Beam Global Spirits & Wine is part of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO), a leading consumer brands company with annual sales exceeding $8 billion.

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Grab a deal and take humiliation back home

 

New Delhi: In the recent years Delhi has emerged as an undisputed “crime capital” of India. Topping the charts in criminal activities, Delhi’s crime rate grew 357.2 more than double the national crime rate of 167.7. This plague called ‘Crime’ is spreading all over the country but centralised in metro cities to an extent. According to NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) Delhi, Mumbai and Banglooru together contributed more than one-third crimes reported in Indian cities. Delhi is in great danger with recent bomb blasts and other criminal activities, especially when country is entering into the festive season. From shop keepers to shoppers, everyone is breathing under a threatening environment oblivious to live bombs ticking somewhere. It is sad to see empty shoppers paradise like Lajpat Nagar, Saronjini Nagar, Greater Kailash and Cannaught Place which used to say packed with customers during festival season.

 

Crimes as big as bomb blasts over shadow the small crimes reported in the metro cities. Recently many people got mugged by a gang of criminals who sell new mobile hand sets on the roads. Humiliation kicks in when those hand sets turn into plastic replicas of their original counterpart. Innocent people find themselves trapped in their made up stories of this gang to sell off their phoney items. This gang sells newly launched and expensive mobile handsets at unbelievable price in exchange of existing handset or money from targeted customer. This cannot be ignored as similar cases happened with more than a million people during or off festivals. This active gang in Delhi is a set of professionals who will show original handsets to the customers and let them use as well to check. To steal a deal, innocent people grab the elusive offer and take home a nicely packed plastic dummy. What a shame! These professionals swiftly change the original handsets with dummies and hand them over to the targeted customers in a branded cover. Pride of snatching a deal soon turns into a humiliating scene.

 

Such incidents are equivalent to a bomb blast which takes place inside that person who has got cheated. The sense of being cheated is so disgraceful that hits the moral of victims and haunts them throughout their lives. The only way to achieve success against such cases is to spread awareness amongst people. It is a humble request and a strict warning to all those people who fall for such road side deals. Stay away from any such temptations no matter how much attractive and genuine they may seem. BEWARE you can be their next target.

Is this the fall of champions? Australia v India

What a victory! India won the second test match in Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2008/09. It seems like the end of Australian world domination in Cricket. Indians have troubled Australians in recent past. Where Australia ruled the roost against all other cricket playing nation, they failed to prove their mettle against India. Australians found it hard to confront India in all format of the game, be it Tests, One day international, T20. Over a period of time playing against Pakistan has lost its charm but against Australia, it couldn’t get any better. It gives an immense pleasure to beat the world champions. Even Australians love the tussle against formidable Indian blend of young guns with experienced force. Media takes this battle to the next level by frame to frame coverage of sledging between players and well made advertisements.

 

The battle between Australia and India has picked up its pace since Indian T20 world cup victory last year in 2007. Ponting added fuel to fire with his comments “India was lucky to win the T20 world cup”. India proved Australian wrong by beating them once again in T20 match up held last year in Mumbai at Brabourne stadium. Ponting had to eat his words and said India is better than us in T20 format. However, India lost the Test series prior to T20 victory. The message was loud and clear with T20 victory that Australian champion’s throne is at risk.

 

Let’s see the result formation between these two cricketing giants’ encounters in recent time.

 

Tests

Australia v India test series 1996/97 – India won 1-0

Australia v India test series 1997/98 – India won 2-1

Australia v India test series 1999/00 – Australia won 3-0

Australia v India test series 2000/01 – India won 2-1

Australia v India test series 2003/04 – Drawn 1-1

Australia v India test series 2004/05 – Australia won 2-1

Australia v India test series 2007/08 – Australia won 2-1

Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India 2008/09 – India won the second test match (2 more to go)

 

T20

2nd semi final: Australia v India at Durban – India won

Only T20 international Australia v India at Mumbai – India won

Only T20 international Australia v India at Melbourne – Australia won

 

ODI

India’s performance in ODIs against Australia hasn’t been exciting but it is surely building up to threaten the Aussies.

 

Commonwealth Bank Series, Sydney 2007/2008 – India won

Australia v India ODI series, India 2007/08 – Australia won 4-2

ICC Champions Trophy, India – 2006/07 – Australia won

 

All in all Border-Gavaskar Trophy is still on and two more matches yet to be played. It might swing anyway as Australians would fight back strongly and Indians would counter attack. Let’s see how the third and fourth match would shape up, however, a best win ever in history against Australian.

A man a legend – Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, an Indian Icon.  This cricketing legend was born in 1973 in Bombay, Maharashtra. After his fall in MRF Pace Academy as a bowler, he decided to stay focused in his batting. What a decision was that? His stood focused for all these years that the entire world couldn’t take its focus away from him. He is a true legend and a true star above all. His reputation as a child prodigy in the early age had already suggested him to become one of the greats. His coach from his young days used to put a coin on the top of the stumps and left it to bowlers to dismiss him and claim that coin. If Tendulkar survives the session then he would get the coins.  He still cherishes those unbeaten thirteen coins as his best prize possession. This is not surprising for this child prodigy for not playing under nineteen and getting straight to seniors. This is an undying dream for any cricketer who decides to play cricket.

 

Shines

 

Tendulkar made his first century against England following his semi-impressive test debut against Pakistan. He enhanced his development in to world class cricket during 1991-92 tour of Australia. He made brilliant two centuries in 5 test match series to make his presence felt. Even Merv Hughes could not control himself and commented a famous quote to Allan Border, “This little prick’s going to get more runs than you”. His charm as a gentleman makes him bigger than any other batsmen ever lived. Tendulkar married a Gujrati female and blessed with two children. As I speak of his charm, he never mentioned to media about sponsoring 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya. It proves him enough as a true human being as well. The greatest batsman of all time, Sir Donald Bradman considered Tendulkar’s batting quite similar to his. What an honour. In his biography, it is stated that Bradman was thoroughly impressed by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and shot production. Even Bradman’s wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar.

 

Declines

 

With India’s huge hope and expectations after Azharuddin, Tendulkar couldn’t be a very successful Indian captain and team performed poorly. Tendulkar resigned and Sourav Ganguly took over the Indian captaincy in 2000. Tendulkar remains an integral part of Indian team’s strategic process. Tendulkar played a strong cricket though out but his tennis elbow problem took its toll and left him out of the side for most of the year. Tendulkar’s poor performance against England during a home test series and shoulder injury raised so many questions about his longevity.

 

Come back

 

The hallmark of a player is to stand tall after falling down. Tendulkar responded to his critics with his 40th ODI century against West Indies during DLF Cup in Malaysia. Later, he scored back to back 90+ against South Africa and proved his authority to everyone. Surely, no one teaches Tendulkar how to bat. Sorry Creg Chappel. With his batting he resurrected Indian innings so many times and proved more than useful with his bowling as well.

 

Achievements

Sachin Tendulkar is the most successful run scorer in one-day internationals with staggering 16,361 runs. He has just become highest run scorer in Test matches with 12,027 runs going past Brian Lara. He also holds the record of highest number of centuries in both Test (39) and ODI cricket (42). In the year 2007, former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne published his list of 50 greatest cricketers ever, in which Sachin had secured the number 1 spot. In January 2008, even British Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggested that Sachin should be conferred with an honorary knighthood for his contribution to international cricket.

What a player and what a humble human being. Sachin surely made our country proud and saved India’s pride more than one occasion, like a knight in shining armour.

“If cricket is a religion then Sachin is the God”.

With this thought let’s enjoy 2nd test match proceedings of Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India Vs Australia – Day 4

Sorry for the delay people, here you go

Day 4

 

Hello and welcome to Border-Gavaskar Trophy day 4. What brilliant ending to day 3 yesterday. Let’s see how it goes today when Zaheer and Kumble start to push Indian score little higher. Weather looks pretty nice, no sign of clouds or drizzle like yesterday. Brett lee starts the day’s proceedings and Zaheer to face the ball from where he left yesterday. It has been a treat to watch tail-enders doing the repair work to consolidate the Indian innings. Yesterday’s partnership of 80 runs between Zaheer and Harbhajan was the highlight of the day. Finally, Aussies get a break through trapping Kumble on the crease with a late swing delivery by Watson. Rauf points his finger out and declares Kumble LBW. Another useful partnership of 31 comes to an end. All this added to Australian frustration as India score 343 for the loss of 9 wickets.

 

Harbhajan added 54 and, now, Zaheer is taking the lead with a brilliant 57. It is a moment to watch when these tail-enders raise their bats high in the air where so called top order batsmen led India down. Top scorers in the Indian line-up are Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, just unbelievable. It will be good to see as to how Australia accept this challenge. With a lead of 70 runs, when would Australia feel safe to declare their second innings? We will know people, we will know.

 

Question now: Will Zaheer be tired enough to fire all cylinders? After an exhausting knock he is all set to start the bowling too. Australia start their 2nd inning cautiously and trying not to lose any wicket before lunch.

 

At Lunch: Australia 9 for no loss. 

 

Just after 12 overs post lunch Zaheer produces a blinder and freezes Hayden’s fate for 13 with swinging full length delivery. Hayden tries to forget the nightmare of his fall in the 1st test. Hayden departs LBW and brings the first centurion at the crease, Ricky Ponting. Can start from where he left yesterday? Good question. Australia 21 for the loss of 1. Shaky start pushes India ahead and builds pressure on Australia. Indian bowling attack looks pretty confident after a successful batting expedition. Zaheer takes his 6th wicket in the first test match…Bravo Zaheer. India fight back and fights back pretty neatly, Ponting falls flat on Ishant’s semi slow full length delivery. Out he goes. Laxman grabs a sharp catch in the midwicket area and sends the first inning centurion back to dressing room. Ponting scored 17 runs and took Aussie’s score to 50 for the loss of 2 wickets.

 

India apply mixed bowling attack from both ends, Ishant from one and Harbhajan from another. There comes 2nd centurion from Australian first inning, Michael Hussey. Ponting’s failure raises expectation from Hussey. Can he deliver it again? Australian batsmen can feel the sting in Indian bowling; quick wickets put India on top. As we speak, here goes another wicket down to dust. Simon Katich plays a flighted delivery from Harbhajan which lands safe in Laxman’s magnetic hands at silly point. Harbhajan is proving more than useful, first with batting and now with bowling. After scoring 34 Katich rests in peace in the dressing room Clarke joins Hussey at the crease. Australia score 99 for the loss of 3 crucial wickets. Breaking the building partnerships Indians have finally found their feet on the ground.

 

Can India continue ripping off Australian innings? Another quick wicket would definitely push Australia on the back foot. I could have asked for something better, make a castle of my own. Clarke is out caught playing a full length delivery from Ishant. Sehwag grabs the ball neatly at the short cover region. Clarke contributed 6 runs to the Australian total of 115 after losing 4 wickets in the process. What a ripper!!

 

It is going bad to worse for Australians, Harbhajan strikes back. Bhajji completely bamboozled Hussey from his rightly pitched length delivery just outside off stump. As Hussey tries to let it go bowl rips back and disturb the furniture. What a beauty (Singh is surely a King). Hussey goes out after scoring 31 and brings Haddin to the crease. Crowed goes wild and follows a Mexican wave. It proves to be a disaster for the Australians. It looks like India would run through Aussie line up quickly and give India a fair chance to win the first test out of fours Dream on sugar. Commentators criticise Kumble’s bowling stats and I feel greedy for more wickets. Australia 128 for the loss of 5 wickets.

 

I love this game as it swings both ends in no time. A good partnership of 50 between Haddin and Watson drift the game slowly towards Australian side. It takes Australian total to 193 for the loss of 5 and mounts the total lead to 263 with 5 wickets in hand. Another exhilarating day comes to an end. India took control on the first session but second session drifting away to put Australia back in control. All credit goes to Haddin and Watson for their rescue partnership of 50 runs. Let’s see tomorrow what score would be good enough for Australia to defend.

 

Let’s come back tomorrow keeping the fingers crossed. India…India, clap…clap…clap.

India Vs Australia – Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Day 1

Australia wins the toss and elect to bat on first match of 4 matches test series. Apparently, this is the last test series for our Dada (Sourav Ganguly). I hope, he will say goodbye to his cricketing career with a golden knock like the way he started it in 1996 Vs England. Back to back centuries in his debut.

Let’s look at the Australian against Indian line up.

 

       Australian Line up                  Indian Line up       

Matthew Hayden

Simon Katich

Ricky Ponting

Michael Hussey

Michael Clarke

Shane Watson

Brad Haddin

Cameron White

Brett Lee

Mitchell Johnson

Stuart Clark

Gautam Gambhir

Virendra Sehwag

Rahul Dravid

Sachin Tendulkar

Sourav Ganguly

VVS Laxman

MS Dhoni

Anil Kumble

Harbhajan Singh

Zahir Khan

Ishant Sharma


At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, on-field-official Asad Rauf and Rudi Koerzten declare Play Ball!!

Under immense pressure on test playing seniors, India strikes in very first over. Zaheer Khan striking early gives India a boost in this over hyped up series. What a start, test cricket at its best. It looks to me an intriguing start for the Australian team, Zaheer and Ishant probing both the batsmen with perfect line and length. Both the opening bowlers look determined and bowling with a lot of fire and venom. As the day progresses, both the batsmen look pretty comfortable with spinners bowling. Steady recovery from one wicket down at early stage.

Lunch: As team break for lunch, Australia is 75 for the loss 1 wicket from 27 overs.

The first session goes Australian’s way because Ponting and Katich have built up a good partnership after the loss of Mathew Hayden. Ponting scored 41 with Simon Katich on the other side, supported with 28 runs. Zaheer Khan provided a break in the first over but spinners couldn’t capitalise on the early break through. However, a good match in the proceeding.

Second session

What a wonderful game of cricket, it swings both ways from Indian break-though to Australian resilience. If you are a fan of cricket then this is the match to watch. I woke up early this morning to catch every bit of it after a brief sleep last night. It is like getting up early morning and visiting a temple to get a glimpse of God.

Begins

This partnership looks formidable, Ponting looks determined to break his jinx for not scoring in India. This is his 2 best score in India after scoring 60 a decade ago. After scoring a stunning 50, Ponting hits a lofted shot for a Four on Harbhajan’s spin delivery. Australians are milking the balls around to put a mammoth total on the board. It will not be easy for Indian team to dominate the world champions even on the home turf. Break for tea

Third and final session

Ponting scores his maiden century on Indian turf. It has been a nightmare for Ponting scoring in India, whereas he scored tons against all other cricket playing nations. As he celebrates, he shows the bat to his critics who tormented him for his poor performance on the Indian soil. Well deserved century under immense pressure after losing Hayden in very first over.  **Applause**

With Zaheer Khan finishing a splendid spell Australia is building up another partnership between Ponting and Hussey. Oh dear!! Rudy turned down a caught and bowled of Ricky Ponting playing over pitched delivery from Kumble. This is looking interesting, something’s got to give here. Finally, after a caught n bowled and LBW appeals, Ricky Ponting goes out LBW on 123. Harbhajan strikes him out LBW. That’s the ninth time Ponting has fallen to Harbhajan in tests. This partnership was looking ominous as Ponting and Hussey added 60 to the total. One or two more wickets would be great before calling it a day. Dismissal of Ponting brings Michael Clark to the pitch. Australia now 223 runs from 3 wickets down. 

 
What a way to end the proceedings of the first day, Zaheer Khan strikes again. He took first wicket in the very first over of the match and takes another one in the last over of the match. Test match at its best…brilliant. Michael Clarke moves the bat slowly and finds himself trapped in the front, Zaheer appeals again and Rudy Koerzten gives him a slow death…OUT. Australia at stumps: 254 for the loss of 4 wickets.

It will continue tomorrow…enjoy

 

 

 

Smoking banned – A non-smoker’s bliss

 

Feel like smoking soon after a good meal at the restaurant or light up a cigarette in a pub? So let me tell you dear, it is strictly prohibited on the Indian turf now. If next time you wish to make rings out of smoke, then please find a suitable place for yourself to put up a show. It will impress no one but police to charge a fine of Rs. 200 for non compliance. You are surely forbidden to light up a cigarette in the public area.

 

You know what? Even I am forbidden.

 

Flash back

 

Shock

 

This ban takes me back in time when I went to London for a business meeting. I booked a smoking room in a hotel to take a puff every night in that beautiful city. Short after my check-in I realised, I was given a non-smoking room with sprinklers and fire alarms. Like any other foreigner I headed straight to the reception and started to behave as an irate customer. I showed the booking confirmation mail to a well-suited gentleman, which clearly stated – Non-smoking room for 7 nights. Trust me British hospitality is no where close to Indian “bend backwards” attitude. It comes from our five thousand years old heritage and culture, “Atithi Devo Bhava” (Guest is a god). This guy at the reception said in his deep voice “Smoking is banned in the UK since last month, you can feel free outside on the road”. Thinking, why the hell this ban was implemented a month before and not a month later?

 

The innovator

 

Craving for a puff, I tried everything possible to convince this gentleman in black suite to get me a room with balcony, but no luck. My notorious mind started to think faster in crisis, I took a portable table fan from the hotel’s store for a deposit of £10 and switched off the lights in my room. I placed that fan nicely against the window, like an exhaust fan in the kitchen, and started to blow smoke in the fan to flush it out. I didn’t want the alarm to set of and penalise me with £50 dent on my very first night in London. This trick made me survive nights after nights.

 

Grand acceptance

 

I used to smoke on the road while rushing to the tube station in Earl’s Court. As it was banned in all the public areas I had to stub the cigarette right outside the station. I was cursing the ban. On my first visit to London office I was little excited and hesitant at the same time. After a quick introduction with everyone in the office, I started to make myself comfortable on my British made seat. As the hours passing by, I took a small 15 minute break to smoke a cigarette and got along with a friendly gentleman called Dave Roberts. I asked him over blowing a puff as to how people are accepting the new smoking law? And surprisingly, he said, “It is good; people were getting hurt being passive smokers”. With my jaw dripping reaction, he added “people have rights to decide what do they want and we shouldn’t take their rights away from them by making them breathe the toxic air”. I noticed people were health conscious as they passed by us avoiding our path of smoke blowing chimneys. I asked the same question to many other people there and the answer was ditto. I was amazed to see their civic sense and their positive attitude in accepting the change.

 

Learning of the day

 

One morning while travelling to my office in 39 Victoria Street in a tube, I noticed one lady avoiding my tobacco coated breath and changed her seat. She stared at me as she spotted an unhealthy drifter into her territory. I was ashamed of myself and made sure to carry mouth fresheners or completely avoid smoking before travelling in close encounters.

 

As the day progressed I decided to venture out in a hip pub in Soho. I mostly had Guinness beer in the pub; it was a dark (rum look alike) beer, unlike Indian beer. I didn’t enjoy that beer as I was more interested in finding my same old Barley juice. What a shame, my craving for a smoke took over me suddenly. I had to choose between leaving the pub and smoke outside or forget the craving completely. So sanely I decided to stay put. The pub was packed with people and surprisingly no one was smoking. Out of curiosity, I asked a guy wearing a white shirt and blue jeans if he craves for cigarette while drinking in a pub. He smiled and said in his British accent “I can’t handle two poisons at one go, enjoying beer right now and saving another for a smooth passage in the morning”. I laughed. I knew exactly what he meant to say “a smooth passage”. At least, people are not a lot different in this country crossing 7 seas.

 

Situation now

 

What are we looking at after imposing this ban on a country which is the second largest producer of tobacco in the world after China? To add little spice to it, 1.2 billion people have been forbidden by law from lighting up in bars, offices, bus stands and other public places on pain of a Rs. 200 fine, that’s a day’s wages for many. Keeping in mind the corruption level in India, people would pay a little amount to get away from paying a fine. In India where money has the maximum importance and showing it off is an understatement. I am little apprehensive in enforcing this new law to our over populated country infested by 1.2 billion of head count. We have a history for not following the traffic rules, spitting, littering and leaking everywhere possible. We are contributing in turning the entire country to a giant toilet or dustbin. We don’t feel man enough until we paint the wall with our pee and leave a master piece behind for admiration.

 

We learn so many things from western culture, the way they walk, the way they talk and take pride in just be cool as they are. But one important thing that goes unnoticed; their passion to do whatever’s possible to make their place and life worth living. There is no harm in being modern and pace up to brush shoulders to shoulders in this rapidly changing world. We need to learn more, in order to call our country modern and developed; we need to change our mentality as well.

 

Request

 

I wish to see a modern India where its citizens follow the law and order without being enforced to do so. It comes with good civic sense and compassion for the all human beings. No one is stopping anyone from smoking but the idea is to smoke without hurting anyone. There is a lot of public interest involved into it, so please make it a success. This is not banning those who want to smoke but saving those who don’t want to. One has rights to spoil his/her life or make it beautiful, think about your children, spouses or parents for that matter. Do they deserve your blown smoke even if they decided not to inhale the toxic air which might kill them?  I took the decision to smoke but not at the cost of my loved ones.

 

“The World Health Organisation says Western style ailments such as lung cancer and heart disease are set to end more lives per year in India by 2015 than all infectious illnesses.”

 

My vow

 

I promise to follow the law and avoid smoking in public areas. It is not an enforced decision but a compliance that I need to adhere to.

 

My question remains the same: Can I expect the same from you my fellow citizens?