Shobhaa De

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Shobhaa De

Loose motions, tight briefs

We cannot stop loose motions by wearing tight briefs”, reads S.S. Radhakrishnan’s eloquent poster. He is an Independent candidate from South Chennai, and wants to drive home his message in vivid, alarmingly graphic terms. Fair enough. I admire his courage of conviction.

Ladies first? Not always

Yes Sir, yes Ma’am. It’s time to wake up and smell the sambar. Ask yourself: Why are the women of India being ignored in Elections 2014? They definitely are, you know. And don’t get fooled by Rahul Gandhi as he dimples away and bangs on about “women’s empowerment” without once spelling out what the hell he means!

India’s mood swings

Simon Denyer, the former India bureau chief of the Washington Post, has published a book titled Rogue Elephant. In an interview he claimed he was very optimistic about India, underlining what makes India a better nation than its main rival, China.

Born to win

After a really, really long time, here I am facing yet another Women’s Day, and not feeling cynical. Has anything changed? Not really. Which can only mean one thing: I have.

I believe in miracles

There must be a method to this man’s madness. Or else, India is in serious trouble! Arvind Kejriwal seems hell bent on creating as much chaos as possible in the shortest amount of time.

All it takes is 7 buffaloes

The lord be praised! Seven stolen buffaloes of Uttar Pradesh’s urban development minister, Azam Khan, were finally located after a massive, night-long buffalo hunt which was launched by Rampur SSP Sadhna Goswami, using the services of a crack team, including sniffer dogs.

The giant pygmy

Anarchy has always been a highly desirable, even seductive alternative to terminal boredom.

A grand mirage?

There are two ways to look at Mumbai’s spanking new airport terminal — we can be proud of it. Or we can be embarrassed. Let it be stated there is a lot to be proud of. It is indeed magnificent.

The Maha Khiladi

An important swearing-in ceremony takes place today. I would have called it historic. But I shall reserve that for what happens next. Arvind Kejriwal has been the biggest gamechanger of 2013.

Rahul Baba and the Chaalis Chor

Oh, how I love this lad! Rahul Baba has given India a brand new narrative overnight! Forget Alibaba, we now have our own fable titled “Rahul Baba and the Chaalis Chor.”

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.