This is something I do every day: speak to the Bangalore team using The Baron’s own instant messaging service. I’ve never met these people, but we’re old mates, thanks to the marvel of global capitalism (irony alert).
We swap tales of our kids, spouses, banter about cricket and football (I believe Nirmala is a bit of a Gooner). Nirmala and Krishna also tell us about life in Bangalore, and we moan about the English weather. Sometimes we even talk about work.