By Alan Tristram This is a new feature for the Independent — and I hope you find it interesting. Interesting, but perhaps not enjoyable because you may feel uncomfortable about what you read. But I get a lot of information ‘on the nod’ — sometimes in whispered asides — and when I’m confident there’s truth there, then I’ll publish. It’s as simple as that. So don’t say we didn’t let you know first! Let’s start with the amazing news of the Indian rope trick. Ever since KCDC Cr K Gurunathan (Guru) published his diary item on the ‘Grank Fakir’ (Kapiti News, 16/1/13) he’s been in hot water with the Mayor and CEO. The article (see our story on Front Page) compares coastal erosion expert (one could almost say ‘guru’) Dr Roger Shand to an Indian grand fakir. Guru says the ‘Grand Fakir’ is conducting his own version of a rope trick, by refusing to release all the ‘facts’ behind his work. So when is a ‘fakir’ not a fakir? Guru should know — his whakapapa is Indian, via Malaysia, so who better to know a fakir when he sees one? But just why did Mayor Jenny and CEO Pat take him aside for a cup of chai? And a verbal thwack? Was it the curry flavour he imparts to his spicy articles about our Council? Actually I prefer an Indian take-away any time to the homogenised diet of PR served up by the Council cooks.