27 September, 2020

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Deep Throat
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2018-03-31T12:26:29+05:30

Bad Coffee Day

P. Chidambaram found himself in a bit of a soup when he lou­dly complained about the price of coffee (Rs 180 a cup) and tea (Rs 135) at Chennai airport’s Café Coffee Day outlet. Trolls took him to task, saying he sho­uld have walked out of the arri­val lounge and had a cup of filter coffee for Rs 50 at a nea­rby kiosk. Others wondered how a former FM could be unaware of high prices in places where rents are sky high. A few local partymen were perplexed that PC didn’t know about CCD prices even though one of his kin allegedly owned franchises in Malaysia—and how much a local businessman had to pay to become a franchisee.


Off-Hand Slight

Mamata Banerjee’s relationship with the Gandhis goes back many decades. As a first-time MP, she was made MoS for sports and youth affairs by then PM Rajiv Gandhi, who later exhorted voters during a 1989 poll rally in Calcutta to vote for her “even if you don’t vote for the Congress”. Later she broke away to...

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