His last fight

‘India’s favourite Hanuman passes away.’ That tweet from Angry Bombay Girl was one of many paying tribute to the late Dara Singh. Sorabh Pant had this to say: ‘A man so epic, Hanuman would happily play him in a biopic on his life.’ Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar tweeted: ‘I always respected the honesty and dignity with which he lived his life.’ Actor Kabir Bedi described him thus: ‘Rustam-e-Hind, India’s iconic wrestler, pride of Punjab, loved by all generations. We will miss you deeply.’ In the words of Sharad Mehta: ‘Even today, my brain thinks Lord Hanuman had the face of Dara Singh and spoke with a Punjabi accent.’ And from E-tard: ‘Sad that no one would have probably even spoken about or noticed him if he was still fine and alive.’

The wrong foot
A protest by Youth Congress workers in Chennai lead to much amusement after they tore up copies of another publication instead of Time magazine. The act prompted Ratnakar Sadasyula to describe them as ‘an organization of 40 plus youth behaving like 12-year-old kids, with zero IQ and sensibility.’ Fake Journo tweeted: ‘I want Sherlyn Chopra to head the Youth Congress. She can invigorate the organization and revive the animal spirits Manmohan talked about.’ There was also this comment from Juneesh: ‘RIP, Lord Hanuman, Sherlyn Chopra and Youth Congress are trending together. Is this a sign of the end of the world?’

Dumb superstitions were another topic of discussion, leading to these among other examples: ‘I can’t fall asleep with my closet door open,’ and ‘If my feet hang off the edge of the bed, I believe I will be dragged under my bed and eaten alive.’

The last word
From industrialist Anand Mahindra: ‘It’s rare when an individual’s name becomes an idiom. During my school days, any strong guy was a Dara Singh. May he find new rings to wrestle in.’

— Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online

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