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    ...In the prevailing spirit of transparency, here is an exclusive look at what some of those resolutions are: Arvind Kejriwal: To find a way to get rid of all these cameras and reporters who have become like a large extended family, extending their microphones into my face and generally impeding progress, both mine and the state's.They were useful when I asked them to capture the movement but have taken it literally, following me even to the bathroom.That is certainly not what I meant.I'm only a humble aam aadmi, but I may need a disguise to avoid these pests.Maybe I ought to take lessons from Manmohan Singh — he's the prime minister, but manages to make himself quite invisible.Harsh Vardhan: A pledge to be less harsh on the AAP because between me and Nitin Gadkari, we are sounding like a case of sour grapes. ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 5, 2014, 4:02 a.m.

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    ...Not so fare-well of the year: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for failing to stop the slide, whether in politics, the economy, the electoral arena, and in his own party.In 2013, the prime ministership seemed foreign to him, mirrored in his foreign policy, which saw India losing old friends and making new enemies — even its foreign diplomats are now seen as fair game.His only lasting legacy in 2013 was to add to the collection of sardarji jokes.Artist of the year: No, not Gaitonde at Christie's, but Vijay Jolly at Shoma Choudhury's where he brandished paint and brush with great vigour, only because the TV cameras were around. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 29, 2013, 5:40 a.m.

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    ...Here's what could happen if both sides take the retaliatory route.India's options The striptease: This involves hauling in the chargé d'affaires at the US Embassy and subjecting him to a striptease.Anyone who has seen this performed in a seedy Mumbai bar will know how excruciating it is to watch.Since the US Ambassador is a woman, the second-in-command, or the the man in charge of affairs, will have to undergo the torture.Boycott made in America: Suggested by Pravin Togadia on Twitter, while forgetting that Twitter is a US company.He demanded that India should boycott everything made in America.This could mean grounding the Boeing aircraft which make up Air India's fleet — effectively boycotting Air India.It may also entail returning your visa cards, since they have accused Devyani Khobragade of visa fraud.It will also mean hiding your arsenal of Apple products; the list is endless.If you don't know what to do, send them all to Togadia, it was his suggestion anyway. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 22, 2013, 12:10 a.m.

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    ...Celebrating on cricket grounds: Going by the judicial mood, someone could file a petition demanding a stop to the wicked practice of Indian cricketers exchanging high fives or embracing each other after a wicket fall.Suresh Raina is particularly known for jumping on teammates from behind.Since cricketers are national icons and role models, such physical closeness between males may encourage deviant behaviour among same sex lovers — of the game, that is.Bathroom etiquette: There are those who think it is not right for men to stand close to each other and expose themselves, as happens in crowded public urinals.Or women for that matter. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 15, 2013, 5:42 a.m.

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    ...It doesn't look like it will be a clean sweep for the AAP in Delhi, but the humble broom has become fashionable again after those responsible for keeping the capital clean, and not just NDMC sweepers, discarded their duty.All those brooms can be donated to whichever party wins today, as advice to the new government on how to avoid being discarded in the dustbin of history.A medical kit: For Farooq Abdullah, who has suddenly acquired a morbid fear of women.This from a man who famously rode a motorbike around Srinagar with Shabana Azmi riding pillion and who is known to gravitate towards the opposite sex whenever the opportunity arises or his security allows it.Clearly, his new phobia requires urgent medical treatment; in medical terms it is called Gynophobia, but in his case, doctors suspect it to be foot in mouth disease. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 8, 2013, 11:56 p.m.

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    ...The name is taken from a poem by Eliot.A modern, revised version: Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky.Like a patient etherised upon a table; Let us go, via certain half-deserted elevators, Leave the movie stars and fawning waiters Experience restless nights in five-star hotels and beach-side places serving oyster-shells: Corridors that follow like a tedious argument of insidious intent To lead you to an overwhelming question Oh, do not ask, "Why are you doing this?"We are in a place where nothing is remiss.Not in the conference room where men come and go Talking of morality, molested women and Michelangelo. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 1, 2013, 5:30 a.m.

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    ...It looks like a country in Europe, mainly because it is a country in Europe, downloaded from the Web.Actually, it could have something to do with Chouhan's poll promise to send farmers on a foreign trip to learn farming, to give students smartphones to make them smarter, a veterinary ambulance to treat sick animals, a Middle Classes Commission for, well, the middle classes, and that the state will pay the rent of students staying in private hostels or shared accommodation.For MP's voters, Utopia is an EVM button away.Delhi: If Sheila Dikshit retains power, Delhi will be a world-class city (sounds familiar?), with double- decker flyovers to accommodate double-decker buses. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 24, 2013, 1:44 a.m.

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    ...The Times have not changed, and any official governmental position would be comparable to making Prince Charles a washroom attendant.Prime minister: An even more ridiculous suggestion, even though Sachin has some things in common with the present incumbent — reticence, a none too distinct voice and a squeaky clean image.The last Test occasion has gotten everyone in a frenzy.With TV cameras asking people for suggestions, there have been free passes for insane ideas, this one being on the basis that we need a PM we can trust, one who will play with a straight bat and lead the country to many victories.It's deserving of only one response — the raised finger. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 17, 2013, 11:57 p.m.