Two 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 has been fined a $250,000 penalty, after an investigation found more than 800 child-labour violations; Dubai Camel Hospital, the only one of its kind in the world, opened its doors to patients recently. It caters to 20 camels at a time, with the state-of-the-art medical equipment and high quality operating theatres. Over 18-odd tribal couples kissed in the presence of thousands of people in Dumaria village, in Jharkhand, in a never-seen-before competition. Simon Marandi, a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha legislator, who organised the competition, said it was an initiative to check growing cases of divorces and differences between couples. Is there a lesson for rest of India in it, asks Shail, in the regular column, reviewing the news last week, in verse, exclusively in Different Truths.
Virat and Anushka Wed
Sports and cinema unite
in holy matrimony once again;
history repeats, celebrities
find common interests in bat and ball,
acting roles and arc lights.
Love sprouts on field, in ads,
in parties filled with glamour sans break-pads.
Their land of birth too boring a place to wed
so groom and bride rush to Italy;
Don’t you get it? It’s fashionable silly!
Back in India for a reception
the Prime Minister visits to give his congratulations.
Watch out for other receptions though;
the couple is not ordinary dough.
Raking up another controversy
of the big fat wedding, lack of patriotism.
Who cares? Fans are happy with this alluring prism.
Panda Creates Toilet Paper
Searching for that toilet paper, are you?
China, the low price, a long-running trader has it for you.
The next time you use toilet paper
you might just be using panda poop
‘cos that’s where it comes in a loop.
Shocked? Surprised? Don’t be.
Nothing is impossible for China lea
that weaves something out of nothing-
a lesson the world needs to learn
‘use your brain, that way it’s faster to earn.’
Burger King Fined for Child Labour
Never thought it would exist abroad
or, if it did a minuscule section
but (in)famous Burger King was hurled the accusation
of using minors to work in their restaurants
to dish out burgers and play major truants.
Not one but above 800 children tortured says the report;
No wonder then, a whopping fine is what was ruled by the court.
Massachusetts Burger King king no more
as it breaks child labour laws
and is rightly shown the door.
Camel Hospital Opens in Dubai
Dubai Camel Hospital, a state of art
as technology marries tradition;
Camels treated like patients, a compassionate mission
where rehabilitation, operating theatres exist every season.
What more can this patient animal want
as it is treated on par with humans
that make use of it everywhere;
a pleasure to know that somewhere for animals
life is nondiscriminatory and fair.
Exorbitant the place is without a doubt.
But, nothing lesser can be expected
from the land of sheiks, oil sprout.
Tribals Show the Way
Too many divorces, separation-
differences breaking up marriages
prompt Dumaria village in Jharkhand
to conduct a kissing competition
for couples to literally kiss and make up.
What an innovative way to fill up gaps, cracks
that crawl into a marriage over the years.
Hats off to this land of tribals
which beliefs in cementing relationships
instead of breaking them at the drop of a pin.
Wonder if the extremists will call this ‘sin!’
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Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.