Not a gift horse

Oct 26, 2011, 01:04 IST | Lindsay Pereira

The Reserve Bank of India became an unlikely trending topic after it hiked repo and interests rates to curb stubbornly high inflation

The Reserve Bank of India became an unlikely trending topic after it hiked repo and interests rates to curb stubbornly high inflation. As this -- its thirteenth hike since March 2010 -- was likely to make home and auto loans costlier, people online were obviously annoyed. A certain Shiv Aroor tweeted: 'RBI increasing interest rates again. I'm thinking about just gifting them my home.' Gaurav added: 'Just waiting for Pranab Mukherjee to say, "Inflation is under (our) control. It will come down by December 11".' And from Ratnadeep Ray: 'Thanks, UPA and RBI, for such a wonderful Diwali gift to the country! What next? Is it a fuel price hike?'

Once again
Actor Shiney Ahuja also clogged timelines for a while, and for all the wrong reasons again. This happened after the actress Sayali Bhagat accused him of allegedly harassing her sexually. Jose Naveen had a suggestion: 'Ahuja should act in an ad promoting Indian tourism: 'India Shineying'. This will boost his image.' Rituraj Shukla had another idea: 'He should watch Harry Potter! Strange things happen to him when he sees people with brooms.'

Sick of cricket?
The sight of half-empty iconic Eden Gardens prompted many to comment on the state of Indian cricket. In Sumon K Chakrabarti's words, 'This tells us something about cricket and its overkill.' Someone called Lizzy agreed: 'It seems there might be a saturation point for the amount of cricket in India.' Diogeneb tweeted: 'Eden Gardens is so empty that God may wonder if his attempt at creation failed.' And an explanation from Dilip: 'Folks are having a go at the poor attendance at Eden Gardens: They'll come if a contest was guaranteed. 100 overs of it, so we can't blame them.'

The last word
From filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt: 'Kiran Bedi proves that moral hypocrisy isn't an aberrant occurrence; it's a common aspect of the human mind.'

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

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