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Until next year, then

Making sense of the good, bad and often strange trending topics online

'That time of year when I end up walking a lot, thanks to Ganpati Visarjan.' That tweet from a certain Aniruddha Pathak cropped up over the weekend, echoing the sentiments of some citizens. Someone using the handle Mars tweeted: 'Thank you Lord Ganesh for the Sea Link, for it allows us to travel between Bandra and Parel on visarjan days.'
 
Devang Dhotijotawala added, tongue in cheek: 'Looking at the condition of roads in Indian cities, Ganpati Bappa has demanded a seatbelt for himself.' And this PJ inexplicably amused many: 'Many doctors spotted dancing on the beach. When asked why, they replied 'we surgeon, we surgeon!'

Justice for all?
Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri who was killed by a rioting mob in Ahmedabad in 2002, became a trending topic after the Supreme Court directed the trial court to decide whether Narendra Modi should be probed. This prompted user IAmRana to tweet: 'How can anyone look Zakia Jafri in her eyes and justify anything? Has anyone seen the emptiness in her eyes?' Farhat Bakhsh added, 'My thoughts are with Jafri and other victims of Godhra. Talk is cheap, life is not.' And from Afaq Bacha: 'Jafri's dignified fight for justice is worth emulating, if only the Supreme Court redeems her unyielding belief in the plural ethos of India.'

Take them all
The topic 'things that should be banned' listed everything from 'stupidity' and 'examinations' to 'people using their Twitter accounts for online marketing', 'big women in tight clothing' and 'banks attaching chains to their pens -- if I'm trusting you with my money, you should trust me with your pens.'

The last word
Here's why philosophy isn't actor Neil Nitin Mukesh's fort �: 'An umbrella cannot stop the rain, but allows us to stand in the rain. Similarly, confidence may not bring success, but it gives power to face challenges.'

Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online

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