The sound of silence

The sudden passing of Amit Saigal, founder and editor of music magazine Rock Street Journal, caused many to tweet about the loss to India's independent music scene. As Jaideep Khare put it, for instance, 'Back in school, when we knew nothing about Indian rock, we did know Rock Street Journal.' Ayush Boruah added: 'The only resolution I have is to buy all editions of Rock Street Journal that will be released this year.' There was also this, from Sony Music India: 'RIP Amit Saigal. Without people like you, the music scene would never evolve!'

Sign of the times
Cricketer Virat Kohli was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for raising his middle finger to the crowd in Australia. This prompted Faking News to tweet: 'Breaking: Virat Kohli's Twitter account disabled by Kapil Sibal.' In Shakti Shetty's words: 'Until now, Kohli's middle finger has been the most spectacular aspect of Indian cricket down under.' Naomi Datta echoed that view: 'Well done. That will probably be the most significant Indian performance this Test series.' And according to our columnist Rohan Joshi: 'I bet Kohli is that guy, you know, the one that makes a V above people's heads in pictures, like it's 1994.'

Deals on wheels
Delhi's Auto Expo 2012 was a surprise trending topic for a while, prompting tweets about new automobiles scheduled to be unveiled. Not everyone shared the excitement though. Kartik Dayanand, for instance, tweeted: 'I wonder why we spend such huge amounts of money on bringing out new models of cars that run on the same fuel.' Indian Holiday described it thus: 'Auto Expo: A place where vehicles race with each other while in stationary positions.'

The last word
From US President Barack Obama: 'I'm not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people we were elected to serve.'

-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online(

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