'Cameroon' in India and other stories
- Modi's appeal to the rich: 'Give up subsidised LPG'
- Distrust deepens, AAP countdown begins for easing out Yadav and Prashant Bhushan
- MS Dhoni: Smudged, but colour remains
- Maharashtra: First arrests made under new law banning beef trade
- Ribeiro an icon, I felt sad reading his piece, told the PM: Nitin Gadkari
Yogendra Yadav experienced no such dilemma: he tittered. Yes tittered, not twittered after Arindam Chaudhuri had raved against the UGC in a discussion on his IIPM and the blocking of web pages he believed were maligning it. As he continued to yell like a spoilt child, anchor Sonia Verma commanded him to "please stop shouting", whereupon panelist Suhel Seth laughed (why?) and Yadav remarked, spelling out each word like a kindergarten school teacher, "I th-ou-gh-t th-e-re a-re so-me nor-ms about being a teacher". Then he tittered.
And finally, the Times Now promo on the weekend and into the new week: praising itself (who else?), the news channel staked its claim to be running the country. According to the promo, Times Now investigations had forced the CBI team to visit Italy in connection with the AgustaWestland chopper scam; they had single-handedly reopened all the files on the deal and forced the government to reconsider it. What say Times Now contests the next general elections? Imagine AAP ka party and "your channel" in the fray together? It that laughable or scary?
Onto less amusing matters but no less entertaining: if you want to watch the most recent Hindi film releases, don't bother with the theatres. Turn to Colors instead. On Sunday, it ran two very recent films back to back: first Inkaar and then Table No. 21. The films may not have broken box office records — that's why they have premiered so quickly on TV — but they're better than watching Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Star Plus) for the hundredth time in a hundred Sundays, or Wanted every other weekend.
Wonder whether you want to watch Welcome: Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki (Life OK) where Rakhi Sawant was drinking something like tomato juice looking like a virgin bloody Mary and then breaking the crockery at the dinner table? Everyone else invited to the Come Dine with Me copy was equally rude about the food: "yeh bakwaas hai, woh kachha hai", etc. Worse, the show is treated like a regular soap opera with conflicts galore, dramatic music and colour-coding for different reactions to the food. So if there is too much salt, they turn white, right?