Lokpal in the House
Reports of the Rajya Sabha taking up the Lokpal Bill for discussion prompted a flurry of speculative tweets. In Kanchan Gupta's words: 'A repeat show is promised in the Rajya Sabha with Arun Jaitley leading the Opposition's charge. Two sad days in a row for the Congress.' Shishir Gupta added: 'Rajya Sabha is going to be very tricky for Manmohan Singh's Lokpal as the Congress does not have the numbers. Arun Jaitley is ready with firepower on his birthday.' Someone using the handle FrowningGlory made this observation: 'Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have better actors than Bollywood.' And from our columnist Rohan Joshi: 'Lok Sabha = School. Rajya Sabha = Alumni Group. Lokpal = New statue on campus. Very shiny, but does nothing to improve quality of education.'
The top spot
The latest Tom Cruise movie, 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' was a trending topic for a while, after taking the top spot at the box office in the last week of 2011. Puneet Jawali listed another possibility though: 'Ghost Protocol is trending out of nowhere. Looks like the hordes from MMRDA are moving out to watch it now that they have nothing left to do.' Nick Robinson also made this observation: 'It's hilarious to me that despite all of Ethan Hunt's incredibly futuristic spytech, his iPhone is still running iOS 4.'
When do you get mad? People pondered that question for a while before listing these among other responses: 'When someone enters my room and doesn't close the door', 'when my sleep is interrupted by a missed call from a private number', when people don't know when to use their or there' and, interestingly, 'when people insult Harry Potter.'
The last word
From journalist Barkha Dutt: 'Team Anna confronting what every politician knows and dreads: The public can be fickle and a hard taskmaster. The low turnout raises questions.'
-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (twitter.com/lindsaypereira)