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It's only words

Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Arun Jaitley sparring in the Rajya Sabha attracted much attention online. As Kiran Kumar S put it, 'The debate probably covered more points than all of Rahul Gandhi's speeches.' Someone using the handle Chughster had this to say: 'Arun Jaitley is to arguments what Manmohan Singh is to silence.' Sucheta Dalal weighed in with: 'Jaitley brilliant. Wouldn't it be wonderful it he was always consistent to one side � as a lawyer he's equally good for the wrong causes!' And from Rahul Sharma: 'Kanimozhi has just graced the Rajya Sabha, which is discussing a bill against corruption.'

First blood
Mahendra Singh Dhoni came in for a fair amount of criticism after a batting no-show that resulted in Australia winning the first match in the Test series at the MCG. Venkat Ananth tweeted: 'No one is willing to criticize Dhoni. Not a bad captain. Just a poor tactician.' Sandip Tarkas described him thus: 'MSD as a bowling captain reminds me of Karan Johar. Just no idea how to get rid of the second half.' An optimistic Ghatothkatch added: 'This first Test is a cunning plan by Dhoni to make them believe we are a weak team so we beat them convincingly in the rest of the tests.' And an observation from Jarrod Kimber: 'If Dhoni's innings went as long as this press conference, India would have won.'

Birthday wishes
'First came the Khanna. Then came the Khan. Happy Birthday to the First Superstar of Bollywood.' That tweet, from MTV India, was one of many wishing Rajesh Khanna a happy birthday. In Pawan Durani's words: 'Today is the birthday of Khanna and cricketer Syed Kirmani. Both never let go of the catch in their best days.'

The last word
From filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma: 'I guess the primary difference between Gandhiji and Annaji is that Gandhiji only had followers, never a team.'

-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (twitter.com/lindsaypereira)

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