Ajmal Qasab does not deserve the death penalty in the 26/11 terror attack case, argued senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, while requesting imposition of a life term instead. Naturally, most people online had a problem with that suggestion. Kiran Kumar S tweeted: Valentine's Day in India means special mutton biryani for the UPA's two favourite valentines: Qasab and Afzal!' Sameer V added: 'I love Qasab. He's family now, obviously. We have been treating him like more than a family member all these years.' And there was this from a certain Amit Panchal: "The next version of Microsoft's Operating System will be called Qasab. Because it will never hang."
A bit of magic
Pranav Mistry, founder of SixthSense, a technology that wowed a lot of people at the celebrated TED conference a year ago, clogged timelines once again after impressing attendees at the Nasscom Leadership Forum. This time around, he showcased his Sparsh project, transferring data between devices with a touch. It prompted a certain Sairam Raman to tweet: 'With Pranav Mistry still trending, extra tuition classes are going to make a strong comeback this year.' Pranoy Biswas added: 'When I joined engineering, I dreamt of doing work like Pranav Mistry. Now, I do work only like a mistry.'
Why it ended
Why does a relationship end? A number of possible explanations were aired, including these: 'Because one person doesn't realize what they've got until it's gone', 'because you start treating her like an option, instead of a priority', 'because people don't value the gift of trust as they should', 'because of social networking sites like Facebook', 'because we grew up watching movies that only caused many of us to have unrealistic expectations' and, interestingly, 'because of listening to single people.'
The last word
From journalist Barkha Dutt: 'Is there too much hype around getting younger folk into politics? Have our young netas displayed any young ideas?'
-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (twitter.com/lindsaypereira)