'Welcome To The Year Of The Whores'
Yes, the wishes are belated, and the Chinese year of the horse was actually welcomed some days back, but still and all we would be failing in our duty to provide you with some weekend levity if we did not note this recent subtitle fail blooper by the Beeb.
Bermuda in the air The sight of planes and towers in such stark juxtaposition brings back other memories, but that was another tale. This one, a plane that vanished into the blue, a mystery for the future.
School’s up The baleful month of December brought in its wake one of the most numbing events of the year, in the ancient city of Peshawar, and no one who consumed this news is still quite normal. No war is ever worth it. Surely not one that kills the young.
Water cannons The world, and humanity, earned itself a new enemy in 2014. Was it to be called ISIS, or Daesh, recalling a malefic force from Islamic lore? Here, Shi’ite braves train at Najaf before doing battle.
Mote in God’s eye The Damascene neighbourhood of Yarmouk resembles a post-apocalyptic, biblical landscape. The built heritage of one of the world’s oldest cities—and of the surrounding Syrian countryside—mirrored the brokedown visage of man. A war still rages.
Taurine blue: Almost standing in as a metaphor for political events, where a distant pilgrim came and swept the field before him like a bull in a china shop just weeks ago, a calm and imperturbable beast surveys the varieties on offer at a Varanasi silk sari shop.
Space ahoy! At the end of Mission Mangalyaan, did they find a Malayali selling tea on the red planet? For, had they not discovered a distant planet called Mars...or was that Marx? Levity and unalloyed joy bloomed on the success of the world’s cheapest space ride.
Death by Twitter The strikingly handsome Sunanda Pushkar, whose last day saw a furious spree of tweets full of ill-boding and anger, passed into headlines. Disease, murder, a web of motives darkly hinted at...conspiracy theories flowed thicker than blood.
Tree of death A stark image out of a macabre storybook, it was circulated to universal horror in old and new media alike. But after the condemnations stopped coming, the mystery was to endure. Why did the two girls of Badaun die? Was it rape? Was it caste?
Hell and high water Kashmir, which has no dearth of tragedies brought about by human agency, was to also witness monster floods in 2014. In other times, it would be seen as a sign of nature’s wrath. The culprit, to be sure, ill-planned urbanisation.
Bow deep A photogenic, demonstrative gesture of respect to the ‘temple of democracy’ is what set off his innings. Did the NaMo reality match up? Bhakts and critics close-read each utterance, parsed each action, but a verdict must wait.