Our ministers seldom smile in public and keep their grins for the special occasions when they happen to be with foreign emissaries from USA or UK. In the company of their white masters, their dentures suddenly start glittering. The scowling Khurshid Kasuri never had a smile for anyone except Condi Rice. Now Shaukat Tareen, our new Sphinx, has suddenly showed us he had teeth when he met Richard Holbrooke recently. -WAHAB, Faisalabad, via e-mail, August 17.