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Tehelka has a Tehelka-esque piece (or one could say : Tehelka has a piece) on the underbelly of IPL (which makes me want to take a jab at Yuvraj Singh and his belly, but I’ll pass).
I don’t know how much of it is true, but it is cryptic — so it makes for an entertaining read.
So what made Lalit Modi suddenly twitter innocuously last weekend about Sunanda Pushkar and how Tharoor had allegedly asked him not to inquire into who she was — the kindle that lit the fire stack? It’s common knowledge that Modi and Tharoor are friends, so why this sudden and ugly fall out? (Friends of Tharoor say that Modi is misusing a bantering remark the minister had made to him over a drink. Tharoor is, indeed, set to marry Pushkar but is waiting for a divorce from his Canadian wife Christa Giles to come through and, therefore, has been loath to make his relationship public. This is why when Modi asked him in a nudge-nudge sort of way, “So, who is Sunanda Pushkar?” Tharoor had laughingly evaded the question saying, ‘Don’t ask me that as yet.’ So what made Modi turn that into something sinister?)
I don’t care much about the Tharoor-Modi-IPL-BCCI issue. What we will see is just the tip, and beyond some token sacrificial lamb, there won’t be much to it — to what we get to see, I mean. The backstage drama is movie material, no doubt.
If you want a good view of the issue, chuck all news sources. Most don’t seem to know what they’re talking about. Instead, I’ll recommend Prem Panicker’s fabulous blog Smoke Signals. Do read through.
On the other hand, if you just want to be entertained, Arnab Goswami is always around. I get a feeling that someday the guy is going to snap. He’ll probably pull a Travis Bickle and assassinate all the wrong-doers. Until then, he is ours.
This is the last Shoaib-Sania post. Much of the drama will end soon, now what Shoaib has signed his divorce papers — implicitly admitting his first marriage, while proving his idiocy if his story of internet-romancing-the-wrong-girl is true. Just for the record, the girl is equally responsible.
Arnab Goswami is what you get when you cross journalism and law. He poses as a news anchor on Times Now, but he is a law in his own right. He comes across as chubby and teddy bear-like, but every once in a while, he gives a look that can cause a meltdown of the most hardened criminals :
You don’t want to be doing anything wrong (for instance, talking) when he gives you the glare.
Any guest that manages to get more than 10 seconds of talk-time on his show is considered to be a success. When Suhel Seth appears on his show, everyone hopes and prays that the earth does not implode. Unlike conventional judges, his judgment does not wait for the end of the program. His shows usually begin with his judgment; panelists and debaters are merely incidental in his universe.
He recently took on the Shoaib-Sania saga in a segment with a befitting title Who is speaking the truth? Here’s why you must watch the entire episode :
1. Arnab tries to speak chaste Urdu (it includes challenging words like gunjaish) while not for a moment, letting go of his acute sense of judgment.
2. He admonishes Shoaib Malik’s cousin for not letting Ayesha’s mother speak. The irony.
3. His final judgment :
I can only say this at the very end. And I am saying this to both sides. Whatever the background, whatever the history, let this matter just be settled and let it be fair for all — including Ayesha, who seems to have gone through a lot.
and his parting words to an emotional Ayesha’s mother :
I think eventually, justice will prevail.
One can pin down the root cause of everything that is wrong with the world today : Not heeding to Arnab.
Raj T. is late to the party, but makes a fitting entry :
“We are not concerned with whom Sania Mirza marries, but it is definitely a matter of concern if she marries a Pakistani.”
The way this statement doesn’t make sense — it is almost art.
If you want to see a politician make a complete fool of himself, look no further than Tom Vadakkan in this debate over Shashi Tharoor’s tweet. In the debate is also Jug Suraiya, Amit Varma and resident judge Arnab Goswami : Link
When asked about why the whole issue over a tweet from his own partyman, Tom Vadakkan says and I (try to) quote :
.. and let me tell you something. I did a little research after you phoned me to find out what is the basic cause of this tweet business and some of the survey reports that I received, was Tweet is a very lonely man and he needs counseling. And I’m sure, you may make light of it, the fact of the matter is, Jug Suraiya may make a cartoon out of it, you may defend it, it’s not that we’ve lost a sense of humour, but let’s face it today. He is a lonely man, it is basically addictive. He [Tharoor] said things which hurts people, and that’s the line we’ve taken.
I kid you not. I absolutely cannot make such stuff up.
Looks like Jug Suraiya doesn’t need to make a cartoon after all.
If only someone can cut his gem of a comment and get it on youtube, I bet it’d be a viral video within no time.
Sample this excerpt about Karan Thapar :
Thapar: You’re not saying “yes”…. so does that mean you’re saying “no”?
Guest: Not exactly.
Thapar: Ok so you’re saying “not exactly”….. Does that mean a “not exactly yes” or a “not exactly no”?
Guest: I’m saying neither.
Thapar (narrowing his eyes): So you’re not saying “yes”, you’re not saying “no”, you’re not saying “not exactly yes”, and you’re not saying “not exactly no”… Would that be a correct assessment of what you’re saying?
Guest: I suppose so.
Thapar: You just contradicted yourself ! A moment ago you were absolutely certain and now you’re no longer sure.
Guest: Well that’s because-
Thapar: Thank you. It’s been a pleasure talking to you.
Much hilarity follows with the summary of Arnab Goswami, Sagarika Ghose and Barkha Dutt. Absolute must read.
It’s a pity that the author is sporadic in his posts though.
Link via Salil B.