Er, what the hell's happened to this page?
It's called a makeover.
It looks like dumbing down to me! Why is the worthy Hindustan Times going down this road to perdition?
You said the same thing about having photos on this page some nine years ago. And having Amitav Ghosh is not dumbing down, silly
I don't know about all this. I still don't know the fate of the nuclear deal, how to tackle inflation and what the percentage of India's Gujjar population is.
No one, not even the government knows those things. But don't worry, all those things and much more will continue to be written about with utter seriousness.
I have a strong feeling that now we'II be bombarded with commentaries on Aamir Khan's blog entries and Beyonce's food habits.
But aren't those the sort of things you also keenly follow?
Neh-ver! And certainly not on this page.
You sure seem to know that Aamir has a blog and that Beyonce eats in these global food crisis days.An-e bhai, don't worry There'll be politics, economics and border dispute pieces written with words like 'insomuch' and 'suo motu' too.
And what happens to the seriousness of the page, eh?
Well, if you think a better-looking page with a more flexible design robs the page of its seriousness, you can always switch to...
I rest my case.
Call me old-fashioned, incredibly intellectual and semi-retired, but I don't like the idea of reading an edit page that has a weekly column as moronic as this one.
Oh, there'll be others, I'm afraid. But you'll always have the choice of opting for at last one 'serious' piece every day. Why, I hear that someone's writing in favour of the anti-Naxal Salwa Judum tomorrow. That'll be something new.
You mean the page will continue to carry pieces that deal with solving india's corruption problem, judicial reforms and caste politics?
Don't say: I can't differentiate my elbow from my gravitas!
Do say: Oh my God! I can actually understand what's written on this page.