Here comes the sun

As the Madhya Pradesh government prepared to create a world record with thousands of students performing the Surya Namaskar, along came a fatwa against it. Naturally, a lot of people decided to tweet about it. Like Meena, for instance, who asked: 'Fatwa against Surya Namaskar? They don't deserve anything that is good and uplifting.' Deepika Aradhya wanted to know 'How is Surya Namaskar, a salutation to the sun, idol worship?' Siva Kumar had this message: 'Those against the Surya Namaskar shouldn't come out until evening because the fatwa is against the sun.' And from Mitali Shroff: 'What is this fatwa nonsense? I think we all need to re-think our priorities and stop acting so immature.'

For the Wall
'Happy Birthday, Rahul Dravid. As far as cricket is concerned, may you continue to occupy Wall Street.' That message from a certain Avinash Iyer was one of many wishing the cricketer. While ESPN Cricinfo tweeted: 'The oldest hand in the business just got older,' Prabhat Handoo pointed out: 'No cricketer shares his birthday with you; no one can take this day from you. Have your cake and eat it too!' There was this comment from Siddharth Chhaya: 'Probably the last birthday while on international cricket, but your memories will last for ever!' And an observation from Saurabh Malhotra: 'Rahul Dravid trending, and the myth of the great man being under-rated or overshadowed takes another beating.'

What do you want?
This, according to some people online, is all we need: 'An escape from reality', 'a friend we can tell everything to', 'a loyal boyfriend', 'air to breathe considering there are a few billion people on earth' and 'a new book from JK Rowling.'

The last word
From journalist Tavleen Singh: 'Cynical thought of the day: Has the PM discovered that 45 per cent of Indian children are malnourished only to pass the Food Bill?'

-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (

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