The markets are full of a confusing variety of firecrackers, lights and lanterns. To help you make up your mind about what to buy this Diwali, we've brought out a review of some of the best products. Manas Chakravarty
Fa Hien leaned back in his seat in the Great Hall of the People, proud that he had been elected prime minister of China. As the parliamentary proceedings began, he looked back fondly on the recent elections, writes Manas Chakravarty
“Not only,” he said, “did the owner of this cybercafé not down his shutters on hearing of the great man’s death, he also allowed the use of his computers to post vile Facebook messages calling him a crony capitalist.” “Whose death?” I asked. “Ponty Chadha’s, of course,” said the man, writes Manas Chakravarty.
Fruit merchant: I'm overjoyed we have a new party for the Aam Aadmi. But I'm confused about the kind of aam being targeted. Is it the much-hyped but high-end Alphonso, or is it the sweet Langra? Manas Chakravarty reports.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I was hooked at the age of ten, when the family went for a drive through the Himachal hills. That was when I first saw the beauty and awesomeness of road signs, writes Manas Chakravarty.
Manas Chakravarty gets candid about Narendra Modi's victory in Gujarat.
"Theek hai?" asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the end of his just-over-a-minute-long address to the nation asking people to maintain peace after Sunday's violence during the protests in Delhi against the rape of a student. Here are some other possible model addresses to the nation. Manas Chakravarty writes.
Saucy novel writer EL James (of Fifty Shades of Grey fame) says women fantasise about men doing the washing up more than kinky sex games, writes Manas Chakravarty.
Why is a committee designed to frame laws on rape being headed by a man? Manas Chakravarty
Beheading is against good soldierly conduct, which only authorises blowing people’s brains or guts out. Manas Chakravarty writes.
For those of you who, like me, unfortunately missed Rahul Gandhi's great speech at the Congress jamboree, I've googled it on the internet and explained it clearly here. Manas Chakravarty writes.
So you are planning to write a great Indian novel, an epic that will plumb the depths of Indian society and hold up a mirror to our souls? That's wonderful. I wish many more of our young writers had the same vaulting ambition. Manas Chakravarty
Do you want to be cleansed of your sins in a relaxed and stress-free environment in a spacious weather-proof heated luxury tent at the Mahakumbh at Allahabad, with running hot water and multi-cuisine vegetarian dining facilities? Manas Chakravarty writes.
Alexander the Great invaded India. But King Porus defeated Alexander and chased him away. Which narrative should we teach our children? This was Karnataka education minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri’s poser, Manas Chakravarty writes.
“But can any parent name his son Hitler? It should be banned,” thundered One Whose Heart Is Full of Kindness from Tamil Nadu. Manas Chakravarty writes.