1. The year began with some good, wholesome, fun-filled family entertainment – The General Election. It was an intense 3-cornered fight between Modi, Anyone-other than Modi and None-of-the-above. The Congress however, sportingly added to the fun…
Modi: Yes. I was a chaiwala. I sold sada tea, special tea, masala tea, ginger tea. What did you sell? Mani Shankar Aiyar: Er… dynas tea.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 17, 2014
2. Attempts like the above resulted in the Congress getting wiped out. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” From 2009, Congress did this in the reverse order.
For 10 years, Congress has been saying, "Wel-fare, wel-fare." Today, voters have responded with, "Fare-wel, Fare-wel." #OpportunisticRehash
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 16, 2014
3. Modi became PM amidst much celebration by the people who voted for him, SAARC leaders and Tamil fishermen. While Congress sharpened its claws and prepared to play its role as a responsible, destructive opposition. But the BJP completely stymied Congress’ aspirations by presenting their own budget back to them with some cosmetic changes.
#Budget2014 5 more IITs. 5 more IIMs. In a few years India is going to be flooded with er… best-selling writers.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 10, 2014
4. This was followed by the traditional honeymoon period for the new PM. And like most honeymooners these days, Modi spent most of his time abroad.
Modi is in Kathmandu now? Ayyo… Those days: BRING BACK BLACK MONEY FROM ABROAD. These days: Er… at least bring back our PM from abroad.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 25, 2014
5. While, at home, religion trumped development, conversions trumped the economy, scriptures trumped science, and Smriti Irani trumped herself.
1 inch = 2.54 cm. 1 mile = 1.6 km. 1 kg = 2.2 lbs. Telling you all this quickly before they pass this anti-conversion law.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 12, 2014
6. But while politics provided unprecedented entertainment, entertainment became caught up in politics. The IPL provided solid employment for cricketers, cheerleaders, actors, police, lawyers & judges.
First RCB. Then MI. Then back to RCB. Now back to MI. Zaheer Khan must be feeling like the Udyan Express.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 12, 2014
7. India went to outer-space and caused much joy…
Wow. #Mangalyaan has travelled 680 million kilometres. That's the most by any Indian entity since Pratibha Patil.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 24, 2014
8. … while outer space came to India and caused much anger.
Two big problems - Jaya Bachchan doesn't like radio jockeys. Aamir Khan doesn't know the difference between his radio and his jockeys.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) August 14, 2014
9. The year ended finally, and so did Dhoni’s test career.
I'm sure Dhoni had decided to retire in 2014. And as usual, he did it with only a day to spare. #DhoniRetires
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 30, 2014
10. And throughout, we ignored the grim reality around us with an outpouring of happiness, empathy, care, trust, sympathy, advice and goodness, all in the virtual world.
Facebook: Where everyone seems to be unusually happy. Twitter: Where everyone seems to be unusually angry.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 22, 2014
Here’s to an equally fun-filled 2015. Happy New Year.