The Commonwealth Games. In a Week? Really? - Page 2
And so while the athletes' accommodations might look like a disaster zone, and the bathroom sinks might be stained red with the paan tobacco that men chew and spit everywhere, I think what India has achieved is actually remarkable.
This is a country where the majority of the population doesn't have access to clean or running water, regardless of whether they live in the big smoke or the rural villages.
It's a place where women in gorgeously decorated saris sweep the streets with straw brooms, where they work in road crews, carrying rubble in bowls on their heads as they pick their way through the debris to dump it.
These conditions are surely the genesis of the Indian head-wobble - you know the one. The head-wobble means yes, no, maybe, god-willing, I've no idea, oops, my apologies, please and thank you ... sometimes all at once.
There's a week to go, and I am sure that the Indian government will throw every resource they have at the Games to get the facilities ready in time. Their international reputation depends on it.
And if things fail at the final hurdle, and the sporting community has to ensure something less than what they're used to in their home countries?
Well - then one Indian head-wobble, please.