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Humour: Let`s Face It!

  Let’s face it… I really don’t know what the fuss is all about. The pundits, that great faceless anonymous collective, tell us it is akin to opening Pandora’s box. That once you are hooked or wired as the case may be, the disease spreads in great galloping strides. That your ordinary life goes to…

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Humour: The PK Chronicles

  The PK Chronicles Notes from inside a Bengaluru Passport Kendra.   The whole process was now streamlined, they said. It was easy as cream pie, they said. Well, I’d like to meet them, I have some pithy things to say to them. No, I’m not referring to Aamir Khan’s film-with-enigmatic title in my headline….

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Humour: The half doctrine

                                                The half doctrine         Ever since the Famous Author promoted the half  idea, I have been wondering who originally developed this earth-shattering concept. Was it Aryabhata, who after…

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Humour: Book? Launched!

Book?  Launched! In which an unsuspecting writer goes to launch a book and comes away the wiser for it My mother’s neighbour’s son wrote a book. He found a publisher and now it was time for the launch. I was asked if I would please ‘do the needful’. My mother being very fond of his…

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Humour: The aftermath…of writing a book

The aftermath I have to ask. Are you old enough to remember those films in which, just before the end credits rolled, there appeared a sentence outlined in lurid pink or blood red: ‘This is not The End, this is just The Beginning’…? That sentence was so simplistic, viewers missed the enormous profundity it contained….

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Humour: A question of pedigree

A question of pedigree He was gifted to us, a week-old bundle of sable brown fur and unfocussed grey eyes. The resident pedigree took one  look at him and a look of sheer horror came into her eyes. Ever since, her only reaction has been a policy of cold ignoring interspersed with occasional snapping. “Definitely traces…

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Humour: The UI goes abroad

    Old Habits?   We’ve all seen the Ugly Indian on his own home turf, says Sheila Kumar. This character takes those characteristics abroad too!                                               CARTOON: OUTLOOKINDIA.COM     Don’t get…

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Humour: Social Media Etiquette

TO `LIKE` OR NOT TO `LIKE`   Sheila Kumar stumbles upon a Word file where the Wired and the Anguished ask,  and Emily Post, a.k.a Em Dot Post, answers.   Q Wassup, Em. I gotta know this: must I click ‘like’ on each and every post a friend puts up, regardless of the fact that…

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Humour: On writing a book

A Suitable Profession   The Book Fair put the idea into Mona’s head. India’s Suitable Boy fuelled the flames. Which is how Mona became a state-of-the-art writer. She acquired a permanent ink smudge on her retrousse nose and tucked a gold-embossed pen behind one shell-shaped ear. The day I went to see her, she was…

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Humour: Yes, this is English, too!

Yes, this is English, too! “In his masterpiece “Leaves of Grass”, Walt Whitman  says: “The English language befriends the grand American expression….it is brawny enough and limber enough and full enough….it is the medium  that shall well nigh express the inexpressible.” One wonders. One really wonders. All the more when one reads sentences that –…

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