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Manas Chakravarty

How not to ring in a New Year

The hospital’s ‘vegetarian-food only’ policy seemed to be to scour the kitchens of Nazi concentration camps, the Soviet Gulag and Guantanamo Bay for the most horrible vegetarian recipes known to man. Manas Chakravarty writes.

The untold story of the mysteries of 2013

It’s that time of the year when we hacks are expected to put together year-ending pieces, penetrating insights pregnant with meaning, spotting trends and patterns in the mishmash of events that made up the year. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Bond’s getting the shakes with his vodka martini

James Bond’s alcohol consumption puts him at high risk of cirrhosis, liver disease, tremors and impotence: British Medical Journal

This electoral deficit disorder is contagious

The BJP says it doesn’t have the people’s mandate to govern because it doesn’t have a majority. AAP says it will neither give nor take support from others. Have you thought of what will happen in Parliament if all parties started thinking the same way?

It's a typhoon... It's a vegetable... It's Modi

Here are the results of in-depth sociobiological, epistemological and proctological surveys of the latest views about Narendra Modi. Manas Chakravarty writes.

It takes blood, sweat and toil to stalk

At a jam-packed conference on stalking and snooping held in US, unreliable sources claimed that the NSA, the US spying outfit, is planning to send a team of agents to Gujarat to learn shadowing techniques.

Freebies for everyone, the Centre is buying

The Congress and BJP are tripping over each other to announce freebies in poll bound Chhattisgarh. The problem is: how much of all this is hot air? Who is going to pay for the hand-outs? Manas Chakravarty writes.

Despite 66 years of democracy, India remains a strong plutocracy

After innumerable elections, where the will of the people has supposedly prevailed, despite all the socialist rhetoric and in spite of all that hot air about inclusive growth, India remains a strong and stable plutocracy. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Raise the bar with a statue of Sachin

Sardar Patel certainly deserves a statue. But, we should have a giant statue of Tendulkar, captured in the act of hitting the ball for a six. He is, after all, the guy who has done more for Indian unity than anyone else. Manas Chakravarty writes.

What NSA found when it tapped phones of world leaders

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders, according to The Guardian. Here are the transcripts of important conversations of world leaders, from the US National Security Agency (NSA) archives. Manas Chakravarty writes.

From coal to gold: Nightmares, dreams on Raisina Hill

How is it, you must have wondered, that the government can stumble so unerringly from crisis to crisis? Well, the secret is out and we now know exactly how the government makes its decisions. Manas Chakravarty writes.

A deep, dark plot

A lot of very naïve people, who have no idea how the world really works, have said Banerjee is making ridiculous statements.

A meaning streak

The newspapers have been full of India's economic growth plunging to the lowest in the last nine years. In order to make things clear, I have deconstructed some of the comments. Manas Chakravarty writes.

All our many selves

It's terrible, simply awful. I am amazed at the sheer incompetence of this government. Absolutely ridiculous. They should all be sacked. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Choosing a president

Welcome to Management 101. My topic today is: how do you elect the chairman of the board of directors? Manas Chakravarty writes.
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