"I, Ravi N Katti who had changed his name from originally Ravi N Katti vide affidavit dated 05.07.04 and published in daily Vijay Times on 08.07.04 is reverting back to his original name Ravi N Katti vide affidavit date 19/03/04 before Mr B Ananth Advocate & Notary, Bangalore."
Good for you, Ravi. But what about Ananth, has he changed his name?
In a Bangalore supplement, I found this one-liner:
"Wanted beautician preferably Nepali for ladies parlour. 9343-xxxxx"
What's the deal here? Are Nepalis particularly good at beauty-parlouring? Does that have something to do with the King of Nepal's current activities? "These beauticians are getting too big for their waxing machines. I'm arresting the PM! Oh, he's busy tweezing someone's eyebrows? Well, OK then."
"The Hubli-Dharwar Municipal Corporation on Thursday decided to name the Hubli airport after renowned Hindustani exponent Gangubai Hangal. If the move is accomplished, it will be the first airport in the history of the country to carry the name of a classical singer. However, the Council decided against renaming Deshpande Nagar, Hubli, after Gangubai, assuming that it would be insult to the great singer."
Why an insult? Why is naming a locality an insult, but an airport not? Is Deshpande Nagar, perchance, filled with rock stars who pour scorn on Hindustani classical music? Or with singers who sing besura?
"Maintenance of Brindavan Gardens to be outsourced ... to make it more attractive to tourists."
Very good. So I suppose the Gardens will now be cleaned and repaired and whatever else over the phone, long-distance from the Philippines.
"PK Sengupta, secretary to the Justice MK Mukherjee Commission for inquiry into the Disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, died at a Kolkata hospital on Thursday after a protracted illness."
Netaji Bose disappeared nearly 60 years ago. If the secretary of a commission that is inquiring into this dies today, that should tell us something. But it won't.
"Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiaobao will pay a 4 day visit to India from April 9."
I just know there's a Who's on First routine in here somewhere.
"The Chinese PM is coming."
"How do I know when? And Hu?"
"When is he coming?"
"That's what I asked, Hu?"
"But SS Patil had the last laugh. 'It is all fine to talk about prohibition. First let us impose it in the Legislators' Home!'"
Amen to that.