HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

Manas Chakravarty

Slumming it among the yokels; it’s a tough job

We politicos are the most hard-working species ... The least they can do is make me a minister. Manas Chakravarty elocutes.

We’re not quite wits, we’re more like half-wits

India’s politicians trash-talk their rivals: With the race for India’s general elections at full pace, political leaders have stepped up personal attacks and mudslinging: Wall Street Journal.

Essential FAQs for the father of the bride

Ever since my daughter got married last week, I’ve been flooded with questions from prospective fathers-of-brides, urging me to share the wisdom I have gleaned. Here are some frequently asked questions, writes Manas Chakravarty.

It’s time to take sides. Vote for my leader

Dear voter, the choice is before you. Make no mistake, this is an absolutely critical election. In centuries to come, historians will talk in hushed tones about the 2014 polls and how they changed the entire course of the universe.

The untold myths of Bal Narendra

Once upon a time, Bal narendra was doing Narendra Leela by eating mud. When His Mum scolded Him, He opened his mouth to show, not mud, but the whole universe.

Should the country shut down to abide by the EC's rules?

The best thing would be for the governments, at both the Centre and the states, to shut down totally before the elections and let the EC run the country, writes Manas Chakravarty.

Strip clubs? Casinos? Stalin’s undies, anyone?

Russia risks new Cold War: The Telegraph, UK

Follow Arvind’s train of thought closely

All the brouhaha about Kejriwal trying to project a particular image of himself is completely uncalled for. Which politician doesn’t try and build his image, asks Manas Chakravarty.

Modi’s speeches: alliterations, rhymes, acronyms and word play

Modi’s speeches are truly mesmerising, with their alliterations, rhymes, acronyms and word play. It is impossible to match their awesomeness, but here’s a shaky stab at it:

Just what we needed, a lovely free-for-all

Jayalalithaa has kept her promises of free TVs, free fans, free mixer-grinders made during the state elections. She has now assured us free fans, free milch cows and free goats if her party becomes part of the government

It’s not a Maoista plot, Anna Hazare really likes Mamata

Given Hazare’s saintly status, other political parties are kicking themselves. “If only we had responded first,” sobbed an alleged AAP supporter, “we could have got Annaji’s endorsement.” Writes Manas Chakravarty is Consulting Editor, Mint.

Pepper the proceedings with some entertainment

This simply isn’t done. It’s terrible, absolutely terrible, the way our parliamentarians go about wasting taxpayers’ money.

There’s only so much buffaloes Khan take

Buffalo Protection Force Commandant's letter to CM: "Immediately on filing of complaint, we launched Operation Triple B (Bring Back Buffalo) on a war footing. Our elite teams fanned out far and wide to retrieve said buffaloes... click to read the commandant's full letter.

What children learnt from the Rg interview

Youngsters across the country have been inspired by Rahul Gandhi’s interview, with interesting results in schoolrooms. Here is how.

A capital anarchy tour, dinner’s not included

Dear fellow-anarchists, we have lined up for you a deliciously subversive itinerary. Let us all get into the tourist coach, writes Manas Chakravarty.
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