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Manas Chakravarty
Manas Chakravarty
  • The nation heaved a huge collective sigh of relief as revelations of alleged improprieties surfaced against Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Smriti Irani. ‘It was getting too much,’ said an aggrieved citizen, ‘over a year had passed for the new government, without any skeletons tumbling out of the cupboard. This was highly irregular. Thankfully, things are now rapidly coming back to normal.’
  • A combination photo of Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje
    Jun 27, 2015 23:48 IST

    The scams are back and all is right with the world

    The nation heaved a huge collective sigh of relief as revelations of alleged improprieties surfaced against Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Smriti Irani. ‘It was getting too much,’ said an aggrieved citizen, ‘over a year had passed for the new government, without any skeletons tumbling out of the cupboard. This was highly irregular. Thankfully, things are now rapidly coming back to normal.’

  • International Yoga Day preparations
    Jun 21, 2015 01:18 IST

    Rats, lizards ... feel at one with them through yoga

    Manas Chakravarty answers some 'wonderful' queries on International Yoga Day.

  • Maggi and packaged food
    Jun 13, 2015 23:05 IST

    The Maggi episode fallout: A ban,ban,ban,ban world

    Manas Chakravarty writes on what it would be like to live in a world that bans everything arbitrarily.

  • Alice in Wonderland
    Jun 06, 2015 22:23 IST

    If Alice had come to the Wonderland that is India

    This is the 150th year of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. What if Alice came to India?

  • Modi's cabinet expansion
    May 30, 2015 23:01 IST

    Thirteen months of the NDA. It’s all about luck

    Editor: Folks, we’ve called this meeting to plan our news stories for the next few weeks. The anniversary celebrations of the Modi government will soon come to an end. For several weeks, we have been subsisting on a staple diet of ‘one year of Modi’. After the bash is over, what on earth will we do?At least during the UPA days, we could rely on a steady supply of scams.

  • Narendra Modi
    May 23, 2015 22:13 IST

    NaMo has been promoted, can do better next time

    We’re very happy young Namo is adjusting well to his new school. He has worked hard throughout the year. A detailed assessment follows:

  • WB explosion
    May 16, 2015 23:15 IST

    This is a bombshell for the Make in India campaign

    We were discussing the spate of bomb blasts in West Bengal, the latest being a blast in a firecracker factory that allegedly doubled up as a bomb-making unit and a fight between armed groups in a local train in which several people were hurt.

  • Nitin Gadkari
    May 10, 2015 00:28 IST

    Experimenting with a new pee-pee-pee growth model

    Gadkari's experiment opens up enormous opportunities for the country’s agriculture. The collective urinating power of over a billion people, soon to be called pee-ple, is not to be scoffed at. And then there is cow urine, buffalo urine, goat, elephant and other exotic urines to add to the flow, writes Manas Chakravarty.

  • Vitamin deficiency
    May 02, 2015 23:44 IST

    Depressed? There’s nothing wrong with feeling blue

    All you need to do is look around you and you will soon be wondering why everyone isn’t depressed. Consider the newspaper headlines.

  • Land Bill
    Apr 25, 2015 22:53 IST

    Do yourself a favour and just give me your land

    Look, bro, do you really want to be a small farmer? No, it’s not a rhetorical question. Just think about it. Do you really enjoy working your butt off doing back-breaking, thankless jobs on that handkerchief-sized plot of yours? What do you get for all your effort? A pittance, my friend.

  • Modi in Toronto
    Apr 18, 2015 22:53 IST

    Getting the mathematics right on world peace

    The PM’s speech in Toronto contained the analogy that while India and Canada growing separately would be a2 + b2, when joined together in friendship they would be (a+b)2 which equals a2 +2ab+b2, with the synergy giving an extra 2ab.

  • HR policies
    Apr 11, 2015 23:55 IST

    Appraisal season: A pay hike or take a hike

    In hundreds and thousands of companies across the country, the following conversation is going on

  • Rahul Gandhi snooping
    Apr 04, 2015 22:29 IST

    Your favourite movies on the big screen this week

    Here is my review of some of the entertainment this week:

  • India and Ireland
    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: