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Storm in a teacup?

Soon after BJP leader Sushma Swaraj demanded that the Bhagavad Gita be declared a national book in the backdrop of a move to ban it in Siberia, it became a trending topic. A certain Bhuwan Pandey tweeted: 'The Gita may not incite people to violence, but a demand for making the Gita our national book just might.' Someone using the handle Eccentricandhow added: 'Dear BJP, before declaring the Gita as our National Book, we'd like to declare all politicians as National Crook(s). Sincerely, Aam Aadmi.' In Abdul Latheef's words: 'Clearly, the BJP is dragging the Gita into politics because it has run out of issues! Does the Gita need the title of National Book to prove its worth?' And a suggestion from Sonali Ranade: 'If there is something like a national book, it should be Alice In Wonderland, because that is what India feels like.'

The truth hurts
What, according to you, was the lie of the year? Among a number of suggestions that cropped up online were: 'I called you back but it went to voicemail', 'I'll pay you back', 'I didn't delete you off my Blackberry, all my contacts were wiped off', 'Justin Bieber is the next Michael Jackson' and 'The Lokpal will solve corruption.'

No Ho Ho
Another question discussed for a while was this: When did you stop believing in Santa Claus? There were a number of interesting answers, including these: 'When I didn't get my Christmas presents until payday', 'when I realised my house didn't have a chimney', 'when I saw Santa changing in the bathroom', 'after I wrapped my own Christmas gifts' and, inevitably, 'when I saw my gifts were Made In China.'

The last word
From industrialist Anand Mahindra: 'A wag made the intriguing observation that we get global laurels in sports that don't need much body movement: Chess, shooting and now luge!

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

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