When a warm tribute to a dead journalist is mostly about a humourist who never met him despite 32 years in the same city

Jug Suraiya pays tribute to R.V. Smith, the former news editor of The Statesman, in a column in today’s Times of India.

The tribute is interesting for three reasons.

One, it is mostly about Jug Suraiya, not the recently deceased Smith.

Two, despite having lived in Delhi for over 30 years, Jug Suraiya admits their paths never crossed.

And three, Suraiya packs in a small puzzle for the reader.

But it is futile to look a gift horse in the mouth. Jug Suraiya makes up for The Times of India‘s glaring omission in covering R.V. Smith’s passing.

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