Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oh darling, I love your sweat equity

With his third wife, Tharoor looks pretty, 
Celebrating his wedding in four cities, 
With Sunanda in tow,
And a seventy crore glow,
"Oh darling, I love your sweat equity."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Weapons of mass infection

After CWG's venues were ordained,
Mosquitoes multiplied in every pool and drain,
In multi-crore grounds,
Mosquitoes splash around,
Citizens be damned, let dengue fever reign.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The MPs' Money Mantra

Voter, can you spare me a crore,
Why do you create such a furor?
I'll keep you in chains, 
Why do you complain? 
I'll be back looting some more.

With apologies to "Brother, can you spare me a dime?" a 1931 song of the Great Depression.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shoe Time

If you have smelly old shoes to spare,
Fling them at fools of Vanity Fair,
Don't hurl one but two, 
'Coz you'll have to woo,
The politico with free footwear.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The middle class bribes to fuel progress

FIIs* favor the rich noblesse, 
NGOs nurture the dispossessed,
The middle class slaves away,
Long hours everyday,
And bribes to fuel India's progress.

Inspired by Professor Vaidyanathan's column in DNA: "Why economy is growing despite jholawalas and Wall Streeters"
*Foreign Institutional Investors

Sunday, August 15, 2010

India is dimming, not shining

With 8% growth rate quotes,
Our policy wonks grin and gloat,
Eighty percent slave away,
On twenty rupees a day,
India's not shining, please take note.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Scams and swindles opportune

We won't have a helium balloon,
To herald the Games in full moon,
But we are enthralled,
With the daily roll call,
Of scams and swindles opportune.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Delhi's Fort Loo

Fortress Loo at Defence Colony Market


The MCD decided to push through,
An eatery above a loo,
But the residents raised a stink,
It's no place to eat or drink,
Welcome to Delhi's Waterloo.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The missing ministers

Spectrum Raja's hands are in the telecom till,
Mamata decamped to West Bengal seeking thrills,
DMK's Alagiri doesn't care,
The Prime Minister despairs,
"It's not my brief, it's Sonia's will."

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Ten Lakh Treadmill

If you wish to dupe the exchequer by stealth,
Or amass a share of the nation's wealth,
Send Kalmadi an inflated bill,
Amass 10 lakhs leasing a treadmill, 
You'll augment the politicos' collective health.