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  • Whew! Saved by a whisker! Thank God the authorities had the sense not to allow Priya Pillai, the Greenpeace activist, to board the flight to London.
  • Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai
    Feb 21, 2015 22:04 IST

    Nuclear war, civil strife- All because of one woman

    Whew! Saved by a whisker! Thank God the authorities had the sense not to allow Priya Pillai, the Greenpeace activist, to board the flight to London.

  • Delhi6
    Feb 14, 2015 23:22 IST

    Other parties are AAP the creek without a paddle

    The spectacular victory of the Aam Aadmi party in the Delhi elections has led to a lot of soul-searching by political parties. Our unreliable sources have sent these unconfirmed reports:

  • Voters, Delhi voters
    Feb 07, 2015 23:04 IST

    Mr Sanctimonious or Ms Smug - a tough choice

    Here are the results of exit interviews conducted by our expert team immediately after the voting booths closed in the Delhi elections:

  • Narendra Modi's suit
    Feb 01, 2015 00:07 IST

    Obama-Modi meet: This was our star showing his stripes for the visit

    After the historic Obama-Modi summit, the burning question on everybody's lips is: why on earth did the prime minister have to wear a suit with his name written all over it? It is of course inconceivable that our humble, modest Pradhan Sevak's flaunting his name on the suit was an expression of unbridled narcissism and vanity. No chance of that. Instead, here are a few theories explaining the choice, along with expert comments, writes Manas Chakravarty.

  •  Barack Obama
    Jan 24, 2015 23:31 IST

    Dream of tandoori jhinga but you may get dhokla

    In honour of President Obama’s visit to India on Republic Day, we have put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Some of them address any worries that Obama may have, while others are queries Indians have for the US president.

  • Indian Science Congress
    Jan 17, 2015 23:47 IST

    A Science Congress held together by string theory

    Of all the wonderful discoveries and inventions of yore, only the pyjama miraculously survived, writes Manas Chakravarty.

  • Fighters in Iraq
    Jan 10, 2015 22:56 IST

    Thou shalt adhere to the Ten Commandments of ISIS

    After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, we have received this memo from the desk of Dr Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, MA (passed, second attempt), PhD (specialisation in murder, arson and bomb-making), aka Pat (President of the Association of Terrorists), Boss of ISIS.

  • Kerala conversion
    Jan 04, 2015 00:22 IST

    How to become a convert to the art of conversion

    A great debate is raging in the country on conversion and re-conversion. Manas Chakravarty gives his take on the drive undertaken by various political parties and other organisations.

  • Madan Mohan Malaviya
    Dec 27, 2014 22:14 IST

    How did Malaviya get Bharat Ratna? This may be how it happened

    ‘We must,’ said the Big Boss, calling the meeting to order, ‘select a couple of names for the Bharat Ratna’. ‘Vajpayeeji, of course, is the first one,’ he said and everyone erupted in shouts of ‘Long live Atalji’.

  • Smriti Irani
    Dec 20, 2014 22:06 IST

    Merry good governance day, in the right spirit

    In the confusion about the government declaring December 25 as Good Governance Day, some schoolkids have already allegedly submitted write-ups about the event. Here they are:

  • A ragpicker
    Dec 13, 2014 22:01 IST

    Nothing worse than being born poor in this country

    Very tricky characters, our cute Indian kids. You never know what they’ll be up to next. In 2013, guess what they did — 1.3 million of the little blighters died before reaching their fifth birthday. That’s 3,561 of them popping off every day, 148 every hour. Now what on earth do they mean by doing that?

  •  Under community Level
    Dec 06, 2014 22:09 IST

    It’s high time we threw our many hats in the ring

    Prime ministers usually wear more than one hat. Apart from his ministerial hat, he often has to put on an orator hat, sometimes a party leader hat, maybe an economist hat and even a foreign policy hat. Our prime minister has taken this multiple-hat thing to a whole new dimension.

  • sanskrit
    Nov 29, 2014 23:30 ISTLoose canon

    Sanskrit for starters and then biriyani for lunch

    We seem to have asked everybody their opinion about replacing German with Sanskrit in schools except the students. To mend matters, here’s a selection of letters allegedly written by schoolkids, the contents of which are self-explanatory.

  • Bollywood Actor Sunny Deol
    Nov 22, 2014 22:24 IST

    Hooray, hooray, it’s a holiday, every single day

    The spectre of history is haunting India. Wherever you turn, they seem to be talking of Nehru and Patel and Aryans and Hemu. Those of us who passed our history exams by smuggling in little slips of paper in our undies have a hunted look these days.

  • 1
    Nov 15, 2014 21:49 IST

    Our share may be shrinking but the pie is growing

    Readers of English newspapers would be in the top 5%, owning 65.5% or almost two-thirds of the country ... Those in the top 1% own 49%