Category Archives: Satire

When Barkha joins Sun TV, it’s time to eat your noodles

(This column, intended purely in jest as a turn-of-the-year satire, was published in DNA edition dated January 3, 2011.) Venky Vembu A year ago, I gave expression to my wish-list of 10 whacky things I’d like to see happen in … Continue reading

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Flash News: ‘No-panty’ Yana shows India is booming

Venky Vembu In the Vanities No one wears panities —- Ogden Nash, Theatrical Reflection   In the early 1990s, when the Indian economy was opening up to the world, foreign consumer brands, in the first flush of excitement, came tripping … Continue reading

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5 reasons why Obama’s visit was a colossal flop

(This column, intended entirely in jest, was published in DNA edition dated November 19, 2010.) Venky Vembu Reading media narratives of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India last week leaves me wondering if these commentators and I are on the … Continue reading

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Politics of ‘going solo’

(This column was published in DNA edition dated October 16, 2010.) Venky Vembu A US comedian once famously jested that American presidents do to the country what they ought to be doing to their wives. In recent times, however, a … Continue reading

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Aussie Amar, American Advani!

(A satirical column published in DNA edition dated September 4, 2010.) Venky Vembu One of our widely acknowledged failings as Indians is a general reluctance – or, worse, an incapacity – to leverage our exceptional skills and take them to … Continue reading

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Dear Julia Roberts, what is your caste?

(A satirical column published in DNA edition dated August 14, 2010.) Venky Vembu Dear Ms Julia Roberts It has been brought to our attention, here at the Census bureau of India, that you have recently proclaimed yourself a “practising Hindu” … Continue reading

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Let’s outsource the Commonwealth Games!

(A satirical column published in DNA edition dated July 31 2010.) Venky Vembu The news that the construction of stadiums and hotels for the Delhi Commonwealth Games is horribly behind schedule has justifiably given rise to much existential angst. It … Continue reading

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