Humour

Humour

Idiosyncrasies of the Administrator

Reading Time: 4 minutesNo amount of agitation, street theater, or NGOs can accomplish what one civil servant who is ‘civil’ and believes in ‘service’ can. So the time and energy spent in deciding how to change the world, like we did in our misspent youth, would be better-used mugging up thick tomes and Manorama Yearbooks, or whatever it […]

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Memorable Meals I Have Had

Reading Time: 6 minutesHumourist Soumya tells us of the many adventures of his, in the company of others, between 1983 and 2013. He mixes humour, food, drinks, fancy-free, and footloose bohemian life of a backpacker, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I am a foodie.  My girth gives credence to the fact. But when I try […]

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The Sight of Policemen gives me the Heebie-Jeebies

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt was during the impecunious student days that we traveled the city and even the country using public transport, whenever we couldn’t persuade kindly strangers to offer lifts, but neglected the formality of coughing up the fare. Sometimes the keepers looked askance at these liberties, and ingenious ruses would keep us from their clutches. Here’s […]

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Need for Urgent Deontological Instruction to our Legislators

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Indian politicians should imbibe some lessons in political decorum from their British counterparts. It has distressed Prof. Ashoka for a long time to observe the revoltingly foul language used by the political cronies of various political parties in this country. Here’s an interesting take on the subject, exclusively in Different Truths.  I have never […]

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Of Unwanted Guests and the Guest who Came for Dinner and Never Left!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a humourous account, by Soumya, of gatecrashing parties as unwanted guests and how the misdeed caught up with the protagonist, many moons later, much to his embarrassment. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  Having read Ten Days that Shook the World and having seen the film Reds, where John Reed is played brilliantly […]

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A Bollywood Analysis: AAP Yahan Aye, Kisliye?

Reading Time: 3 minutes  The intellectual in the drawing room had reached the conclusion, depending on affiliation, that AAP is BJP’s B team and Congress mole, says our humourist Soumya, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The phenomenal rise of the mango people party raised the skeptic’s eyebrows. No one believed them except the gullible mango […]

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Taaru-da, Kaalu-da and the Banquet Scene

Reading Time: 4 minutesDurga Pujo and plays are inseparable. Neelum recalls, tongue-in-cheek, about her grandfather’s, who directed a play, in the 1930s, in Allahabad’s oldest Colonelganj Barwari, on the very important day, Oshtumi. A fiasco during the staging of the Banquet Scene from the Shakespearean Macbeth changed everything. Here’s a special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. Way back […]

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Durga, a Lesser Goddess Grew in Stature during the Gupta Period

Reading Time: 6 minutesArindam, our Editor-in-Chief, traces the history of Durga iconography. Historians at Allahabad Museum opine that the stature of the Goddess grew during the Gupta period. He introduces the three-day long special feature on Durga Puja, between Tuesday (Sept 26) and Thursday (Sept 28). Special mention of Anumita Chatterjee Roy, our Managing Editor, must be made […]

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Cast(e)ing Aspersions on a new Bride

Reading Time: 2 minutesOur humourist, Soumya, tells us how the grandmother-in-law of his new bride from another community was questioned. Find out more, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The new bride was undergoing an interview with her grandmother-in-law. It was their first meeting. They did not share a common language so a bevy of eager […]

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Devi in Dilemma

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere’s a tongue-in-cheek account of the plight of Goddess Durga, on Earth, her parents’ abode, in verse, by Tapati, in Different Truths. Here arrives autumn with sky, a deep blue crystal, With clouds floating like huge cotton balls, The earthy aroma is calling with sweet smell of Lotus, For my descent, the yearly invite from […]

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