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Thackeray cub comes of age

columns Updated: Feb 06, 2011 12:28 IST
Khushwant Singh
Khushwant Singh
Hindustan Times
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For over a week all our newspapers and TV channels kept forecasting a political earthquake of major dimensions which would shake the whole of India as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was going to reshuffle his Cabinet of Ministers.

The night before this was due, there was a full moon and in fact there was real earthquake in Baluchistan and its tremors were felt in Delhi around 2am. I, who am a light sleeper, slept soundly and only got to know about it when my daughter asked me if the rumble and shaking had woken me up.

A few hours later came what everyone expected — the political earthquake which would shake the country. It did not shake anyone. Many newspapers described it musical chairs which it was not. In musical chairs the person who does not find an empty chair drops out of the game. In this reshuffle no one dropped out.

On the contrary three new players were inducted with some minor changes in ministerial duties. In short, if the reshuffle had not taken place, it would not have made the slightest difference. The only positive result I can think of is that the opposition parties had been hogging with the media as if it had succeeded in reducing the ruling party into a minority and would soon be able to form the government were disappointed.

A couple of ministers indicated their unhappiness over the change of portfolios given to them but no one has declined what has been allotted to him. The reshuffle has been a damp squib; the real reshuffle has been postponed to the Budget Session of parliament due next month. Till then we keep our fingers crossed.

Tiger Cub
It has been such a long journey
to carry forward the legacy.
We have a new scion called Aditya,
Who is by no means a trivia.
So spake Aditya Thackery:
While staying with Dadaji in Matoshree
I was taught the fine art of Dadagiri
He threw out Madrasis from Mumbai,
My Pitaji did the same to Bhaiyyas from Bihar & UP.
So who is this fellow Rohinton Ministry?
I tell you he is only a pen-pushing Bawaji
And listen you Mian bhais, Hussain and Rushdie,
Your ancestors were taught a lesson by our Shivaji
So can we because we are sons of our Shatrapati.

(Courtesy: Sandeep Dewan, Delhi)

Michelle’s husband

One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the president’s secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner.

Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, why was he so interested in talking to you. She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, “so if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant”, to which Michelle responded, “no, if I had married him, he would now be President.”

All about wives

Laxman apni Biwi ghar pe chhorkar chala aya.

Rawan doosre ki biwi utha ke fas gaya

Hanuman ki apni biwi thi hi nahi magar doosre ki biwi dhundhne mein Lanka jala dali

Ram ko apni biwi wapas lane ke liye 10 din tak “war” Karni padi. Wapas lake bhi kya mila?

Ek dhobi ne apni biwi ko wapas ghar mein nahin liya, To Ram ne apniwali ko out kar diya. Aur end mein kya hua?

Jis biwi ke karan itni badi Ramayan hui, who to Underground chali gayi!

Abhi socho, akhaa jhamela hua kayko? Kyun ki Dashrath ki 3 biwiyan thi!

Pure truth:
Message from Sri Ravishankar in Goa: “Having a wife is part of living. But having girlfriend along with wife is “Art of Living”.

Holy Spirit
Some people turn to God
Some turn to alcohol
Honestly speaking I don’t see any difference,
Both ways life is being guided by a Spirit.

Head ache
Pharmacist to customer: In order to buy migraine pills, Sir, you need a proper prescription. A picture of your ‘wife’ is just not enough!

(Contributed by Vipin Buckshey, New Delhi)