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Oct 19, 2009
Anyone Seen My Funny Bone?

Pardon them for they know not the intricacies of the English language (Not a Funny Bone..., Oct 5). Good grace demands that people not be hypocritical. Shashi Tharoor was trying to lighten things up. He obviously failed, for no fault of his own. The importance of being earnest has to be balanced by the importance of being able to see the lighter side.

Padmini Raghavendra, Secunderabad

If it’s political humour he was interested in, Tharoor should have stayed a newspaper columnist. The best political humorists, such as Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Mort Sahl and Art Buchwald, all plied their trade from the outside.

Anwaar, Dallas, US

What do you call a tweet that blows up in your face? A twit.

Srinivas Shastri, Bangalore

Sep 26, 2009
02:28 PM
Actually, it was the MEDIA ( more particularly the kind that is close to the Congress ), that drove itself into a frenzy over the Tharoor comment.

Neither the aam aadmi, nor the non-Congressi types, have any interest in these comments, nor are foolish enough to exaggerate the twitter remark. It should hardly be the type of thing a poor, growing, country can afford to spend its time on.

And this week, the media circus seems to favour trapeze. Just wait till the joker comes on in the last bit, for the crowd to go into raptures! And the TRPs should shoot even higher!
Partha persistent spammer
chennai, India
Sep 26, 2009
03:54 PM
Well there is another silver lining - unnoted yet - of Maneka Gandhi having refrained commenting on behalf of the cattle (class) and (holy) cows... and dogs (counting the Kerala experience).....
Harsh Rai Puri
Bhopal, India
Sep 26, 2009
07:50 PM
Partha, This is the usual tactic of our embedded English media. When Congress or The Family is in deep shxx, they always make it a general issue / generalised problem. If the shoe were on the other side, response of our media would have been 180-degree different. But then why blame these modern bhat-charans (sorry, my apology to original BCs); they do this with abandon because their customers, readers, do not punish them with their purses! If they start doing that (remember, Congress has only 30% support and a majority of them do not read these papers), these media chamchas will be the first one to note and change!
Gopi Maliwal
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sep 26, 2009
08:47 PM
udder know why Tharoor called us cows..he knows they(politicians) milk us dry..
Somerset, United States
Sep 26, 2009
08:50 PM
I agree with Mani Shankar Aiyar. Most of these attempts at humour are for insiders, people in a particular cultural milieu. When Napier sent a message "Peccavi" to HQ after the conquest of Sindh, who were supposed to admire the wit? How many are there even now who can decipher it without help from, let us say, the internet?

Some time back Aniruddha Bahal was crowing over the cluelessness of his "Marks" for his Tehelka sting. Sample this. Begin quote.

At another meeting with Murgai he asked who the bankers were for West End. Our illustrious tit member said, "Thomas Cook."

Don't laugh yet. I will just reproduce the conversation:

Murgai: Achcha, tumhare udhar West End ke voh...who are your bankers in West End?

T: Hain?

Murgai: In West End International, who are the bankers?

T: Thomas Cook.

Murgai: Haan.

T: Thomas Cook.

Murgai: Thomas Cook. Because you see, the balance...when will you give?

Of course, here's one more. The coup de grace. After Mohinder Singh Sahni, the honorary consular general of Belize, and defence middleman, asks the same tit member where he stayed in England, his answer was 'Manchester United'!

End Quote.

It was easy to see Mr. Bahal's James Bond or dashing Cowboy self-image. You know, there used to be a joke at the end of a Roger Moore James Bond movie. That's how Bahal must have imagined it. Not only was the Mark (Mohinder Singh Saini) stupid, he could not even get the jokes! I say Manchester United, and he still does not get it! How clueless this idiot is!

All this reveals that it is the who-has-sense-of-humour commentariat that needs to look in the mirror. They are the alienated, cocooned lot who should be ashamed when their jokes are not understood or misunderstood by the larger populace. Indians have a lot of humour in their day-to-day, non-english-idiom lives. Just look at the boisterous conversations in any third-class compartments of our trains.
Narasimhan M.G
Bangalore, India
Sep 27, 2009
12:01 AM
If he wanted to practice political humor, Tharoor should have stayed a newspaper columnist. The best political humorists, such as Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Mort Sahl and Art Buchwald, all plied their trade from the outside. In 2006, Senator George Allen of Virginia lost his re-election bid after calling an Indian in his audience a "macaca"!

It is not that politicians can't be good humorists. It is that they have an opposition party and a hungry press waiting for an opportunity to exploit and distort every instance of real or alleged tactlessness.
Dallas, United States
Sep 27, 2009
02:51 AM
No one, apart from a few, is taking the austerity drive seriously. That has to change.
doktor faust
duesseldorf, Germany
Sep 27, 2009
08:25 AM
i feel humour is to to laugh at self. not others.
here is one.
a communist lady becomes minister.
she was earlier arrested and tortured by police.
beccause of torture she couldnt concive.
hr comment about police: had teir danda(laathi) could produce sperms, i would have been a mother.
dewas, India
Sep 27, 2009
03:00 PM
“Politician’s humor is blown out of proportion because they are supposed to let people laugh on them rather than making them laugh.”
Rajneesh Batra
New Delhi, India
Sep 27, 2009
08:32 PM
In this entre imbroglio of points & counterpoints by humorists & anti-humorists the common denominator seems to be St. Stephens College. Queston is how to dehumorise St. Stephens? Send Jayanti Natarajan there to administer a refreshers course to detoxicate politicos from humour or send Mani Shankar Aiyer to exorcise them from bad humour?
Sep 27, 2009
08:53 PM
>All this reveals that it is the who-has-sense-of-humour commentariat that needs to look in the mirror. They are the alienated, cocooned lot who should be ashamed when their jokes are not understood or misunderstood by the larger populace.

Jokes are not meant to be understood. Yes, M.G, when jokes needs to be explained the the joker is the idiot. And who does not know those 'alienated , cocooned lot' are never shamefaced when a bad joke is on you hoi poloi? And looking at the mirror? The damn thing creates paralax error .
Sep 29, 2009
07:31 PM
We are the one of the unfunniest people in what we say...except perhaps the Japanese. So, its not surprising the politicians aren't funny.

Good humour requires keen observation, pithy expression and studied timing. Too bad, we lack all three.
Augustus AAA
Pune, India
Sep 29, 2009
10:59 PM
What do you call that tweet that blows up in your face? A twit.

Guess Mt. Tharoor got around to knowing that un(t)wittingly.
Srinivas Shastri
Bangalore, India
Sep 30, 2009
02:59 PM
Being a Central Minister Shashi Tharoor should be responsible as what he is talking, but his cattle class comment is nothing but jovial. The Congress austerity drive is nothing but a drama to fool people. Instead of doing good governance I don't know why they are making tamasha? Whole of India knows our politicians are nothing but corrupt except a few. And very soon Rahul Gandhi should be given the award of best actor (for acting like M.G. Gandhi) Politicians are the most serious creatures, thinking only of winning elections by hook or crook. Only a happy person can talk and listen humour. But unluckily most of the sinners born in our country who neither enjoy material life nor spiritual life, so they lack naturally humour also.
Mumbai, India
Oct 01, 2009
04:58 PM
It seems the media is completely bribed by Dynasty Congress to promote Rahul to any extent. Even green posture seeking chameleon Shatrugan Sinha supports the antics of Rahul. U know snake only knows the leg of another snake, so a good actor like Shatrugan Sinha know well the acting talent of Rahul Gandhi. B.J.P. should get rid of Shantrugan like elements from party if it want to survive.
Mumbai, India
Oct 02, 2009
10:17 AM
Sorry, Outlook, the coments made by Mr Shashi Tharoor and not funny or witty. So your thesis that we do not appreciate a good joke is terribly wrong. Mr Tharoor thought that he was being funny, but the comments were in bad taste. If you found his comments funny, you show your utter disregard for people who do not have the means to stay in fuve star hotels and travel by air.
Dinesh Kumar
Chandigarh, India


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