Author: Shail Raghuvanshi

Modi vs. Modi, From Chicken Soup to Indian Marriage Vows, Alone on Valentine, Pumpisthan the Evil Eye

Reading Time: 3 minutesNirav Modi, in connivance with bank officials and political masters, left a $1.8 billion hole in Punjab National Bank’s books. Taxpayers will have to bear the brunt of this loot. A self-confessed feminist and an author of chicken soup books, Marci felt that Indian women are more empowered; she renewed her wedding vows in Madurai. […]

Feel the Jail, Ice Chunks Fall from Skies, Temple Idol Goes Savvy, Shikkari Shambu Sued

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Telangana prison department runs the unique jail tourism programme called ‘Feel the Jail’ where anyone can stay for 24 hours inside the Sangareddy Prison, built during the Nizam era in 1796. An icy ball which fell on a Haryana village that was suspected to be an extra-terrestrial object was frozen human waste leaked from […]

Political Kite Flying, App Looking at the Big Picture, Child-Friendly Police Station, Mice Have a Field Day

Reading Time: 3 minutesNarendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu, two PMs, bond over kite-flying at Sabarmati Ashram and they paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. The App WeCroak is born of Bhutanese folklore saying that to be happy, one ought to contemplate death five times a day. A police station in Kerala serves as a clinic for children too. A pair of mice […]

Virat and Anushka Wed, Panda Creates Toilet Paper, Burger King Fined for Child Labour, Camel Hospital Opens in Dubai, and Tribals Show the Way

Reading Time: 4 minutesTwo celebrities, the skipper, Virat Kohli, and Bollywood actor, Anushka Sharma, were most talked about, for their destination wedding, in an Italy, in a 13th century resort with five villas; Panda’s poo breaks down the fructose to extract fibre, a process of turning bamboo into toilet paper; a Burger King franchisee with 43 stores in Massachusetts […]

Dawood Depressed, Dawn of a New Son, Peak XV Everest, and From Akhila to Hadiya

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Mafia don Dawood’s only son has become a Maulana. Is he paying for his father’s sin, who is depressed with his son’s decision?  The gharana politics is so deep in the Congress party that he is the sole contender for the post of Congress Party. The highest mountain in the world is named after […]

Padmavati Priorities, Let us Talk 3-D Sanskrit, Cancer Sins, and Going Back Home

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhat would be the fate of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film on Padmavati? Claims and counter-claims galore, a section of the Hindus are enraged about Padmavati meeting Khilji, which they feel is not true. Anurakthi is the world’s first Sanskrit film in 3D that is being showcased in the IFFI at Panaji, Goa. Cancer is caused by sins […]

Music to the Ears, (Un)beatable Indigo, Harry Potter Gamer, Robot Sophia one-up on Saudi Women, Pope Berates Mobile Clad Bishops

Reading Time: 3 minutesUNESCO recognises Chennai’s rich musical tradition; in a horrendous act Indigo staffers were caught on camera assaulting elderly passenger at IGI terminal Delhi; Niantic Labs, the developer of the once immensely popular Pokémon Go, is now making a Harry Potter AR game; Sophia is Saudi Arabia first robot citizen and during his weekly address in St. Peter’s […]

Uber Uber Ban Ban, AI set to Rule the World, Shah Rukh gets the Moon, Khichdi Promo, and Hookah Bar

Reading Time: 4 minutesA far-right activist was banned from ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft after launching into a vitriolic anti-Muslim tirade in the wake of the New York terrorist attack. Stephen Hawking feels that robots (AI) will eventually replace humans completely. SRK, who celebrated his birthday on Friday (Nov. 3) owns several acres of land on Moon. The […]

Festival Lights in Singapore, Blotting History, Stoned to Study, Lost and Found

Reading Time: 3 minutesShail talks of four news, in the last week, in her regular column. Diwali-themed trains, a station and five buses in Singapore to run until October 31. Taj Mahal is being communalised by a BJP MLA, supports UP government to remove it from the booklet on tourism. Northern Michigan University is offering a marijuana-focused degree […]

Aarushi Denied Justice, Deadly Curse of Elphinstone, From Wagon R to Biopic, Bitcoin Billionaire and We Want Sauce

Reading Time: 4 minutesShail reviews the fortnight that was in verse. Aarushi’s parents were acquitted of murder charges by the Allahabad High Court. In Mumbai, many died due to the collapse of a railway bridge at Elphinstone. The Delhi CM’s car was stolen from outside the Secretariat. Didi Taihuttu, a Dutch, has sold everything his family owns for […]