'Goodbye, my beloved friend. A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops.' That tweet, from Salman Rushdie, paid tribute to the life of Christopher Hitchens - journalist, author and philosopher who died at 62 after a battle with cancer. Michael Shermer tweeted: 'We shall miss you, your voice, your pen and, most of all, your mind. The world is better because of you.' Neal Brennan referred to him as 'The man could have vanquished me debating the facts of my own life,' while Doug Stanhope had this to say: 'The world just became even more stupid. Good getting out, sir. Christopher Hitchens has left the building.'
The opening up of the Bharat Ratna to sportspersons prompted many to put forth their ideas on who should get one this year. Mukesh Pathak commented: 'Forget Sachin and Dhyanchand, politicians will claim one for the kabaddi they play in Parliament.' Shiv Aroor had this suggestion: 'Don't give Sachin a Bharat Ratna. Give him a customs or tax break on his next Ferrari.' According to Melwyn Fernandes, 'Sunny Deol should get one because he has killed many enemies of India in the movies.' There was also this, from Ankit Jain: 'Harry Potter deserves one for defeating Voldermort.'
Old jungle sayings
Folk online spent some time flipping old proverbs to create new, bizarre ones. Like, for instance, this from Ashish Shakya: 'To err is human; to remember that error forever, woman.' Other examples included: 'He who laughs last did not understand the joke', 'Beauty is in the hand of the Photoshopper', 'girls are a diamond's best friend' and 'Honesty is the best policy, but 'Take it easy' comes a close second.'
The last word
From journalist Barkha Dutt: '40 years to the day after the 1971 war and more than six decades after independence, we are a country without a war memorial. Shame.'