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Allusions 28.09.2011

For card’s sake!

This is a reference to the phrase ‘for God’s sake!’ which is uttered under very trying and exasperating circumstances. It is one of those none profanity laced phrases that carry the same if not more weight than a profanity laced one. Here the issue pertains to the issuing of a card (I am totally guessing BTW having not read the article) and the trouble involved in the pursuit thereof. Anyways, you get the allusion and I get a pat on my back for a job well done.

Starry, starry plight.

This is a reference to the often used phrase starry night. This phrase is used to describe an unusually clear and beautiful night sky, usually when there is no moon sighted. However the article dealt with the issue facing the Indian Air Force stationed in Pune. They are trying to get their pilots to fly sorties in the night to better acclimatize them with night flying, but the overburdened airport which caters to even civilian air traffic is making such trainnig sorties difficult. Hence the substitution of night by plight. WOW!

TRAI being pesky now.

This is wordplay with a homonym. Homonyms are words that sound similar but mean totally different things. Here the article refers to the ban that is being placed on the use of mass SMS. The Telecom regulatory Authority of India or TRAI for short is doing just that. Hence the play of words; instead of try we put TRAI. Give a few examples of homonyms.

You may have many-Mo!

This is an article about our great PM’s birthday that occurred yesterday. Like the preceding phrase, even this one is employing a homonym. Instead of more we are using mo. Mo is an alluding to ManMOhan Singh. Get it? GET IT!


Allusions 27.09.2011

MNS get the fury, NCP the woman scorned.

This is brilliant wordplay and it alludes to the adage ‘hell hath no fury as a woman scorned’. This BTW young male readers, is very true. Anyways, the whole point of the headline is to break up that phrase to say that the MNS got the fury (Of the woman whose husband was in the MNS but who treated his wife as crap so she got mad and left the MNS) and the NCP got the woman who was scorned. Its a very cool play of words that really deserves kudos.

Ashes to water, says this trust

This is an allusion to the saying ‘Ashes to ashes, dust to dust’. This is generally said by a priest presiding over Christian burials (Its mentioned in the Bible).  This trust though, is going to perform the final rites on unclaimed bodies and then offer the remains to a river. Therefore the apt title, ashes to water!

Check this song out! Contains the wordings.

Tonight: Six and the city

This is an allusion to the show Sex and the city. The headline deals with the upcoming match between Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Bayern Munich has not lost a single match in the last six matches they have played. But now they face a formidable opponent, Manchester City. Therefore the title, six and the city as in will Bayern continue their winning streak or will Man City destry their attempt?

A heart of Gold

This is a very straightforward deal. Heart of Gold is an idiom used to portray a person ho is exceptionally kind and helping, a true altruist if you would. Here we are taking the idiom, literally. As in the article deals with how gold nano-wires mimic the natural beat of the heart. Therefore ‘Heart of gold’. Do you get it? Its pretty cool is you consider the fact that here an idiom is being used to represent something literal. can you dig it?

(Do you think he has a heart of Gold?)

Allusions 26.09.2011

Law’s Labor Lost!

This title is an allusion to Shakespeare’s play ‘Love’s labor Lost’, which many critics argue is his best comedy as it extensively uses wordplay, puns and sarcasm. Also it is supposed to be one of Shakespeare’s more intellectual plays. Here the article dealt with how a law is being subverted and its loopholes are being exploited by the builders (Big surprise!). This is pretty funny, and we can have many allusion referring to the many plays of Shakespeare. As in to protest the fast food chain McDonald’s and its unhealthy menu we can say MacDeath (Alluding to Macbeth, a play it is considered unlucky to name out loud, instead it is simply referred to as a Scottish play as it is set in Scotland. Try this with an Englishman….they really are superstitious about it!). ‘Comedy of errors’ is the name of the play and can be a direct allusion to the state of Indian politics! ‘Much ado(lph) about nothing!’; this can be used to denote the mood of Europe just before WWII. Come up with a couple of your own!

(‘To be, or what?’ (If Stallone ever did Shakespeare. Tell me what it alludes to.))

Relief efforts drowned out

This is classic wordplay. The relief efforts were for the people caught in the floods in Orissa. Since the relief has not been forthcoming, we can easily say Relief effort drowns out. There is not much to this sort of wordplay. It should come easy and should be a bit relaxed. As in ‘Pepsi stocks fizzled out’ (If the stock price of Pepsi were to fall) or ‘Airline prices soar!’ (If ticket prices rise too much). Now come up with a couple on your own.

Love, Factually

This title is an allusion to the Hollywood movie Love, Actually. This article is dealing with the hard facts of love as in analyzing love, etc. Therefore the allusion works so well here as the movie was a proper romcom( Romantic Comedy), but one that actually didn’t disgust the critics this one time.


A captain’s Innings

This is obviously the only title the obituary of MAK Pataudi could have had. It is the way he led his life which is being compared to an innings and coupled with the fact that he was literally the first Captain India had under whom we won a series abroad.

Kat has her clause out.

This is an allusion to the idiom ‘having ones claws out’, as in ready for a fight to claim what one thinks is rightfully theirs. In this case Katrina Kaif managed that by getting a clause inserted in her contract which adhered to her demands. So the pun on the word clause. Try to come up with one of these puns (hint : check up on homonyms. They help like crazy)

Allusions 25.09.2011

Power Struggle

This is wordplay, pertaining to the loss of power suffered by certain suburbs of Pune for over 4 days due to the ‘power’ struggle between the MSEB and the Police. Something to do with getting the right papers, etc. Anyways the wordplay is pretty clear, if not challenging. Also if this issue would have been due to someone like Sharad Pawar, then we could have called it ‘Pavar Struggle’. Lame, I know….but like you could do better? (BTW this is not a rhetorical question. Make one up.)

Body shrouded in doubt

This article is pertaining to a dead body whose destinations were confused or some clutzy (look up the word) crap like that. Hence the use of the word shrouded, which also means covered in and is generally used to describe the covering over a dead body. Hence the wordplay.

(Whats so hot about this shroud?)

It’s Riocking!

This is an allusion to the phrase ‘Its rocking!’. Rio is hosting a mega music festival and all the music bigwigs are there. Therefore the allusion. If the music festival was held in Delhi we could have said ‘Its (Delhi)ghtful, the wordplay being on the word delightful. Make two other such wordplay using city names.

Angkor What?

This is classic wordplay. The place in contention is the legendary Angkor Wat, which is the most massive temple complex in the world! Spread over 400 acres it houses more than 60000 temples. Pretty cool right? But the wordplay is about a person who went beyond just the cliched traveler complex (As in go to only the famous paces and assume you have visited a country. Personally all tourist places stink the same, and carry the same shitty peddlers and touts. To know a place, always go to its seedy underbelly. Fact!) and discovered way more than just Angkor Wat. Hence the Angkor What?

(Read up about the Angkor what and describe it in a paragraph using as many allusions as possible)

Season’s beatings

This is an allusion to the phrase ‘Seasons Greetings’. It is used extensively by the ‘goras’ around Christmas time and it is a very joyful and cheery greeting. However, the article in question is a review of the movie Mausam, and since the reviewer thinks its terrible you have a brilliant example of an allusion at hand as in seasons beatings. Name two more allusions using ‘Season’s greetings as your reference point.

Allusions 23.09.2011


This article deals with how inaccessible it has become to meet Anna Hazare. Therefore the clever wordplay, as in instead of inaccessible we have annaccessible. Pretty much on the level right. Lets see if we can make any more….

No(ah) access. (If you couldn’t see Noah, famous fellow from then Bible)

De(an)ied. (If you had to see James dean and couldn’t)

Now make one on your own!


This is again wordplay, referring to the small space on desks and the like (called pigeonholes) and the fact that the article dealt with an injured pigeon who is being treated aka being made whole. So the common factor was the pigeon, and not the hole. hehehehe.

(Pigeonholes…..and that is NOT an abuse)

(WTF!! As in What the Flock!! Spot the allusion and describe it.)

Cycle-Logical Protest

This is again alluding to psychological protest. The Shiv Sena took out a cycle rally in order to protest against the hike in petrol prices. The cycle being a symbol of locomotion sans the need of fuel. Thereby granting the rally the psychological edge. Brilliant……not. Lets check some other examples.

Psycho-tic protest (The union of itchy dogs…protesting the price hike in flea repellents)

Roam-antic protest (Protesting the aimless walking of couples along our roads)

Make one up now!

Fast and Curious

This is an allusion to the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies. It deals with the ‘bakwaas’ surrounding Modi’s 3 day fast, with him claiming something and his detractors something else. So it is in fact a curious fast, belaying the reasons for the fast but going ahead with the intrigue and BS. So if you ever fast remember it ought to be ‘Fast and Serious!’. Spot the allusion and describe it.

Breaking taboos piece by two-piece

Haha….Hehe…Hoho… yeah I’m done. This article deals with the first Arab woman who put on a two piece swimsuit in an Arab magazine. The first time ever, the model’s name is Yara Mashour. So the taboos that are being destroyed are being done in piece by (two) piece. (Referring to the idiom piece by piece) Any idea what would happen if they were to remove the taboo piece by piece……by piece? I can guarantee peace in the Middle East man. Hahaha. Anyways lets try to break taboos peace by peace in the Middle East (Get the allusion? tell me.)

Allusions 22.09.2011

Gate Expectations

This is an allusion to the novel (And subsequently a movie) Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens. This title is to mean great expectations for the old gate that is being closed. (They are being sarcastic….sigh)

Police ‘plot’ a victory.

Classical wordplay…. The police have recovered a 3 acre plot from the clutches of some land shark(look up the term). So the police ‘plotted’ (A word more common with devious and illegal activities) and wrestled back the plot. Hooray. Satyamev Jayate and all that…….not(Allusion to the movie Borat and the not jokes)

Leaf me alone!

The picture is of a PETA activist in a dress made of cabbages and peas (no jokes) and a cow who wishes to eat said dress. The frantic attempts of the PETA activist trying to shoo away the very animal she is trying to help. Where’s the humanity? Let the cow nibble a bit, remember eating is not cheating. Holy cow and all. hahaha.

Planning Omission

Wordplay again, this time referring to the blunder made by the Planning… guessed it…..Commission. The omission was the error; to know what the omission was about….read the bloody paper.

All the world’s a stage

This article is about the showmanship and acting that goes into being a politician. The allusion is to Shakespeare’s play as you like it, where these word’s start a very prominent and memorable monologue, which goes to explain exactly how the world is a stage and all of us merely players. Beautiful, mournful and hallowed.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Allusions 21.09.2011

Finally, DPS gets busy.

This is wordplay. Here we are referring to the problem DPS has been facing for the last week or so, namely the transportation of its children. They have now solved the problem by employing buses to do just that(sigh transport kids what else?). Therefore the wordplay.

Here, joggers can take a hike.

If anyone has been reading ‘words from the press’ then you will know of the idiom ‘take a hike’. If you don’t….well….take a hike. Did you get it now? But in this context , we must take the idiom literally as all joggers do is take a hike. Pretty cool right? This could be called an (un)allusion.

Iran’s Thief of staff in $1.65bn fraud.

This is an allusion to Chief of Staff. This headline should ensure that all realize that the perpetrators of this fraud were the chief advisers to the government of Iran……which they were!!

A pear a day may keep strokes away.

C’mon really!! I know you must know what this alludes to. C’mon man don’t make me right it! I know you do man; I know you do. Hell I believe in you (Thus making one of us do so).

Just Duet it.

The word duet is pronounced something like do-e(T silent). SO when said fast the phrase sounds just like ‘just do it!’ Duet is a musical piece made by two people who are building rhymes and melodies with each other, keeping each others time. Also ‘Just do it’ is the official tag line of Nike. So we definitely want these two people to start jamming, and fast.

Allusions 19.09.2011

Gentle men’s club

Haha. This is wordplay on Gentleman’s club. The term was used to describe club’s with an exclusive male membership which was quite common up till the middle of the twentieth century. Here the article refers to those men who have been unjustly harassed under the Domestic violence acts by their spouses. So, as a gentlemen’s club was supposed to (theoretically anyway) exclude women and keep to the traditions of old manliness and bravado, the gentle man’s club is about those men who failed miserably at it and have been ‘wrongfully’ accused of domestic violence. Pretty fitting word play.

No woman, their cry

This is an allusion to the song by Bob Marley (Read about hm and the genre of music he literally invented and spearheaded; reggae) called No woman, no cry. Even the original title was under a lot of debate. Apparently many men considered the title to mean ‘If you are not involved with a woman you will be at peace and not have anything to lament over.’ Bob Marley was more of a romantic than that and his title is derived from the Jamaican Patois, where he is telling a woman not to cry. As in No woman, do not cry. Anyways the allusion here is fitting as it deals with an article that informs us of a temple where woman are not allowed to enter the inner sanctum. And the woman, natural to their tendencies, are creating a hue and cry over it (Being a slight sexist is not that big a deal, ok?). Therefore No woman, their cry.

Sonrise in Youth Congress

The ‘sonrise’ here is wordplay referring to the dynastic politics that seems to be the norm in Indian politics. Sonrise is a play on sunrise. So as the sun rises, we have the metaphorical rise of the sons of the party bigwigs instead of the more deserving candidates; thereby giving rise to the sarcastic headline. k?


This is a play on the word mudslinging and it is directly referencing the number of accusations that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has been facing ever since his decision to go on a peace fast. Gujarat has gone crazy and all the activists are up in arms against Modi presently. Therefore the cool and fitting title Modi(i)slinging. Mudslinging BTW means a lighter and less substantiated version of a character assassination.

Papa must Preach

This is an allusion to that hit Madonna song, Papa don’t Preach. The article is about how a father must maintain the peace between his daughters and his wife, and so in effect must talk or ‘preach’. This is in direct violation of Madonna and her lovely song and video. Therefore a fitting title. (Anything that opposes Madonna gains a moral significance difficult to ignore)

Allusions 15.09.2011

Lightning strikes twice at Camp Nou.

This is in reference to the idiom that ‘lightning never strikes the same place twice’. It is actually quite untrue, but what it means to convey is that when one has undergone an unpleasant experience (Like being struck by lightning), then the odds of that person reliving that same experience again is quite minimal. However, as we see in the case of the match at Camp Nou, the same circumstances were repeated. Hence, lightning strikes twice at camp nou.

O Mao God! A past problem.

This is an allusion to Chairman God, and the phrase Oh My god. Here they have cleverly illustrated the problem that is being faced due to the onset of Maoism, a political movement whose spearhead is Chairman Mao. The article wished to illustrate the problems in the naxalite zones of India, and so truly….o Mao god!!!

Pakistan’s Ghost of 9/11

This is a faintly obscure reference and it comes to us from Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. In the book, we come across 3 ghosts, vis the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. It served to enlighten the protagonist of the novel, a fellow named Scrooge of the error of his ways and well……he mended his ways. However, the important thing was the haunting of Scrooge by these ghosts which resulted in his extreme discomfort and fear. Similarly Pakistan’s Ghost of the past is the terror attacks on 9/11, and unlike Scrooge it still has to recover from it, being just fearful and afraid at the moment.

Its the road to Procrastination.

This is an allusion to the Tom Hanks movie ‘Road to Perdition’. Perdition BTW means eternal damnation, with no hope or chance of a reprieve. The movie was pretty cool and awesome (and really not that much about damnation; just guns and fights) but the meaning they wish to convey here is how Procrastination is akin to perdition. This article deals with how terrible the states of our roads are and so the use of the title and its allusion are a perfect fit.

Curtains fall on the Blue wall of India.

This obviously refers to the Great wall of china. The quality of a wall; solid, reliable and immovable is also attributed to our cricketer Mr. Rahul Dravid. And so he is the ‘wall’ of the Indian cricket team. As he is playing his last ODI, the allusion linking him to the great wall of China not only served to exemplify the characteristics of Dravid that we love, but also to equate him to something as legendary as the Great wall of China.

Allusions 14.09.2011

Year of the supernovak.

The wordplay here, is to a supernova. By combining it with Novak Djokovic. A supernova is a very rare phenomenon in which a dying star explodes and ejects most of its mass into space. They are so powerful that they can also be seen by the naked eye from thousands of light years away, in daylight! (on another note, ever wondered that the supernova you see happened thousands of years ago, and that it took light that long to travel to us? How grand is that!) So here it is meant to signify the explosive and energetic performance of a player, and also his ‘star’ appeal. Pretty cool right?

One for the road

Here, wordplay is used. As in one for the road is an idiom that means to have a drink before a journey. This idiom originated in London, where prisoners who were supposed to be executed were led to a bar to have a few drinks. As they were (understandably) reluctant to leave, they would keep asking for a drink ‘for the road’ as in the last road that would lead them to the gallows (read up on the word). From there the meaning generalized to encompass any journey…..but the drinks remained the same.  Here the article heading is referring to the trend of marathons in larger cities. Hence, one for the road.

Watt a road to drive your electric car!

This is again wordplay; substituting What for watt since (you guessed it), its an electric car!  Watt is the basic unit for electric power and is named after the famed Scottish inventor James Watt.

The times they are a- changing

This headline is used for an article that describes the changing face of cricket in the world. Also, the heading is of a very iconic song by the greatest (by my estimate) musician ever…. Bob Dylan. This song, sweetly and sadly describes how one generation dies and another steps into its place (hear the song!). This is an apt title for the article. It portrays, quite simply, ‘how the (cricket) times….they are a changin….’

‘Run forest officer run’, says test.

This is an illusion to the iconic line in the movie Forrest Gump (One of the best movies ever, Tom hanks at his best!….must watch). The line in the movie was ‘Run Forrest Run!’, and whenever it was uttered, Forrest would, predictably enough, start running. It always and inevitably saved his life. Here, the humorous reference is side stepped by the fact that people applying for the job of forest officer must run 26 km because of some old, defunct rules. One of the fellows fainted after completing the run. Hence the title.