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‘Convent-educated’ guy

By on Sep 15, 2008 in Food For Thought, Personal, Stop The Press | 3 comments

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Convent educated terrorust

Now which convent did HE go to?

Not sure whether there’s a Razzie equivalent of the Pulitzer, but one thing that definitely seems to be true is that media organizations are fighting a fierce battle to outdo each other in terms of stupidity. No other rational explanation seems to available why today’s Hindustan Times had a front page story saying that the mastermind of the Delhi (and earlier bomb blasts which happened this year in India) is a ‘…convent-educated, computer-savvy bombmaker…’. That doesn’t seem right, does it? Can’t say whether they got way too enthusiastic about writing in an English newspaper and translated madrassa into ‘convent‘. Maybe this will provide fodder for matrimonial ads – “Match wanted for psychotic convent-educated groom. Knowledge of bombshells bombmaking vitally necessary”. After all, HT’s caption for the photo says that he is ‘…currently the most wanted man in the country’. Read this whole paragraph again. Full of bad puns which had me cackling for a long time.

Gali number 42

Gali number 42

It could only be a staggering coincidence by which the same page of the same newspaper on the same day also had the magic number on the front page, albeit in a less-than-humorous context.

In other news, Prateek Vijayavargia was the runner-up this year at Siddhartha Basu’s HT InQuizitive 2008. School administrators didn’t believe me when I said buzzer systems could break down. One broke down during the inter-DPS quiz; thankfully, we had a spare. Even with a tree of knowledge to lean on, Mr Basu couldn’t conduct the buzzer round since one of them wasn’t working. Vir Sanghvi found it difficult to lift his arse up from his toilet seat (probably), so this year’s chief guest was Suneet Tandon. Promotion, ‘cuz that fellow is generally the emcee. I hear that it was a very close fight though, with the top two positions being decided by a tie-breaker. Surprisingly, DPS VK didn’t send its top team; instead sent some rookies to gain experience. Weird choice to make for the very biggest quiz of the year (now that Time of India Fun-da-Mental won’t be happening this year).



3 Comments

  1. Prateek Vijayavargia

    September 15, 2008

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    Yes Pretty Close – Just that Vivekananda School won it on the tie-breaker. Anyways, It was a good Quiz and one to remember – There was a change in venue for the first ever time as Talkatora is under renovation. The poor people tried to get the buzzer for the one of the teams working almost throughout the Quiz but it did not work out – So they conducted the traditional Passing Rounds. Strange that DPSVK sent students for gaining experience in “HT Inquizitive” – I suppose its much better than the Times of India Fun-da-mental in terms of quality.

  2. Prateek Vijayavargia

    September 15, 2008

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    BTW, Ankur they did have Maa Tujhe Salaam (Vande Mataram by AR Rahman) playing at the Sirifort Auditorium on a pretty high volume ;-) But this time around they had some other songs also to play – But obviously Vande Mataram was played the most number of times…..I suppose somethings never change, do they?

  3. Ankur

    September 15, 2008

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    @Prateek: Dang, Vande Mataram once AGAIN?! HT seems to have only ONE CD of songs in their whole office. Congratulations, once again, on coming runner-up – and putting up a good fight for it. I’ve always considered Siddhartha Basu a better quizmaster than Derek O’Brien.

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