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Jug Suraiya

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Cupid in the time of cupidity

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Jug Suraiya The story goes that in World War II Britain when enforced rationing had made almost everyone svelte, a train traveler of noticeably ample girth overhead a co-passenger remark sotto voce to her companion, “If that… via TOI Blog More »

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Edam it! It’s the wrong cheese

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Jug Suraiya Charles de Gaulle once wondered how anyone could be expected to govern a nation which boasted 246 varieties of cheese. Now fromage has become a source of friction between a celebrity French chef, Marc Veyrat, and the famous bible of gastronomy, the... More »

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In the name of the father

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Jug Suraiya The consummate politician which even his critics admit he is, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is many different things to many different people. To his many youthful followers he is the quintessential man of action, a latter-day Sardar Patel, with who... More »

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What a gas! It’s only natural

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Jug Suraiya The story goes that when a candidate up for election for membership of a gentleman’s club in London expelled what is euphemistically called an eructation, he was blackballed by the Duke of Wellington. When asked if he’d used the black ball because ... More »

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Passing the yuck along with the buck

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Jug Suraiya Money, Thornton Wilder observed, is like manure, in that it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around and helps young things to grow. However, it seems that a lot of money is also like manure in that handling either of them can get our hands mu... More »