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Manas Chakravarty
Manas Chakravarty
  • I welcome you all to the commentary from the Melbourne Cricket Ground on this gloomy Sunday. Eh, what was that? So what if it’s bright and sunny, people can get glum even on bright sunny days, can’t they? You come to Delhi when it’s 45 degrees in the shade and you’ll know sunny days are a pain.
  • Mar 28, 2015 22:08 IST

    No point telling folks the cricket score. Who cares?

    I welcome you all to the commentary from the Melbourne Cricket Ground on this gloomy Sunday. Eh, what was that? So what if it’s bright and sunny, people can get glum even on bright sunny days, can’t they? You come to Delhi when it’s 45 degrees in the shade and you’ll know sunny days are a pain.

  • Arvind Kejriwal
    Mar 21, 2015 21:46 IST

    Thou shalt not change AAP into a mature party

    Welcome, AAPians, to our first study class. I have been hopping in and out of Indian political parties of the right, left and centre for the last 30 years and am exceptionally qualified to give you deep insights into how to transform yourselves from a gaggle of activists, rebels, agitators, anarchists and idealists into a mature, disciplined, successful political party. I have, accordingly, formulated the following 10 commandments:

  • Rahul Gandhi
    Mar 14, 2015 22:39 IST

    Soul searching requires chillum, Sartre or brandy

    After weeks of intensive searching, what did Rahul Gandhi see in the depths of his soul? Did he find himself? If he did, how did the self react to being found? Did it jump in joy? Or did it take a long, pitying look at Mr Gandhi, turn its back on him and mumble, ‘Thanks for taking the trouble, but I’d like to continue being lost, if I may,’ before going back to playing mah-jongg with the other lost selves?

  • Leslee Udwin
    Mar 07, 2015 21:47 IST

    Fish and chips, the Queen, bond — they all have to go

    If there’s one thing that stands out in the film, it’s the courage of the young victim. It was courage that prompted her to strive for a brighter future against all odds, taking a night job in a call centre to pay for her education. It was this courage that allowed her to dream of setting up a hospital in her village.

  • People watch Jaitley
    Mar 01, 2015 09:42 IST

    Let's add imaginative skills to the budget-making job

    Just because we are humble domestic workers doesn’t give the finance minister and economists the right to insult our domestic product by calling it gross: Maid with a BA in Economics.

  • 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: