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The tributes continue

Dev Anand, who passed away at 88 early Sunday, continued to be the subject of reverential tweets from celebrities and non-celebs alike. Harsha Bhogle pointed out: 'Notice how the tributes always talk about the gentleman? I found that most endearing.' Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur added: 'Dev Anand nurtured talents like Guru Dutt, Raj Khosla and Vijay Anand. How many actors today can say that?' There was this comment, from Eccentricandhow: 'Steve Jobs. Jagjit Singh. Shammi Kapoor. Dev Anand. Bhupen Hazarika. God is the real Jewel Thief.' And from someone using the handle God Save India: 'Dear God, give us Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor and Jagjit Singh back. We'll give you A Raja, Kalmadi and many more politicians in return.'

Cruise control
Another celebrity clogging timelines was Tom Cruise, who managed to get his visage plastered on newspapers across the country. Madhavan Narayanan tweeted: 'Tom Cruise was in India to promote FDI in retail. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, it is called.' Vikram Sathaye had a suggestion: 'Cruise should be taken to all fake Rayban shops in Mumbai and told "This is what you did to India".' There was advice from Doug Davis: 'People, think....if you go see Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise will keep making movies!' And an observation from Shirish Kunder: 'Even with his last breath, Dev Anand has stolen the thunder from Tom Cruise.'

It's a boy!
More celebrities on Twitter - actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao, who were blessed with a baby boy reportedly born through IVF to a surrogate mother. This prompted Shivani Tripathi to tweet: 'Nice to see a high profile couple open and honest. Indians tend to hush-hush everything!'

The last word
An attempt at philosophy from actor Arjun Rampal: 'Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are ignoring the manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.'

-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online

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