Back in the seat?

APJ Kalam’s name surfaced again in the round-up to the Presidential elections, prompting a number of people to voice their opinion on the subject. Maithili Desai tweeted: ‘I hope we get Dr Kalam as President again. If anyone ever wore that mantle perfectly, it was him.

’ Actor Kabir Bedi added: ‘Let’s raise our voices for Kalam as President: Brilliant mind, articulate speaker, impartial, best symbol of New India.’ Shiv Aroor, on the other hand, had this point to make: ‘Kalam was an excellent manager, but a resoundingly mediocre scientist. Let’s at least be clear about why he makes a good President.’ There was this tweet from a certain Naveen: ‘Okay Congress, we listen to you.

But can you please explain why you don’t want Kalam as president?’ Finally, from someone using the handle Jurno Least, ‘Suddenly, the debate over who will be President seems to have died down. Maybe it’s the Kalam before the storm.’

Bad news
The US Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to bring charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, questioning his victories, made him a trending topic. Jenny Johnson tweeted: ‘In 2004, Armstrong sneezed while sitting at a table next to me and I was immediately able to rip a phonebook in half.’ Steven Amiri asked, ‘I wonder how many times he used a Livestrong bracelet as a tourniquet for drug needles.’ And from Andy Borowitz: ‘These latest charges won’t diminish Armstrong’s legacy of inspiring millions of men with fat asses to wear biking shorts.’

Show us the money
India’s inflation rose to 7.55 per cent in May, the highest since January this year. This prompted Ripper to tweet: ‘National motto should be changed to Transaction Declined: Insufficient Funds.’

The last word
From American reality TV star Paris Hilton: ‘I was smiling yesterday, I’m smiling today and I’ll smile tomorrow. Because life is too short to cry for anything that’s worthless.’

— Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (

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