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Manas Chakravarty
Manas Chakravarty
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.