No one's sure what the person who hurled a shoe at Rahul Gandhi wanted to prove. What he did succeed in unleashing was a barrage of puns online. Like this from MTV India, for instance: 'Oh well, Rahul Gandhi, as they wisely say, the shoe must go on.' Or this from Utsav Chakraborty: 'Someone once told Rahul Gandhi he was a shoe-in for the Prime Minister's post. It didn't hit him until now.' Or from Faking News: 'Breaking: Rahul Gandhi to throw shoes to show solidarity with the common man.' There was also this comment from a certain Nigel Britto: 'In a few years, Rahul Gandhi's biggest achievement may be the time he shared the India trends list with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.'
Ricky Ponting became the third player to reach the milestone of 13,000 Test runs, clogging timelines across the world in the process. Damien Martyn tweeted: 'Well done. Form is such a fickle thing; one minute you don't have it, the next it's there.' Someone using the handle PWN Star had this to say: 'Ponting can thank Team India for saving his Test career. Yes, he can and he should.' And from Ryan O'Connell: 'Ponting continuing to show he's an all-time great. And credit to selectors for sticking with him.'
...And so is he
Another sportsman who delighted many was Roger Federer, after winning his 1000th match against Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the 30th Grand Slam semi-final of his career. It prompted James LaRosa to tweet: 'Roger Federer, from the Latin Rogerus Federum, which means Are You Kidding Me?' There was also this, from Justin Gimelstob: 'Just when you think you've seen the best of Fed, he ups himself!'
The last word
From former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar: 'Jay Leno controversy -- forget everything else, we Indians need a giant crash course on developing a sense of humour.'
-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online(twitter.com/lindsaypereira)