“Parko ke bench khaali hai, coffee ke mug udaas hain, teddy bear ke aankhon se aansoon nikal rahe hai. Premiyon ke shareer se deodorant ki nahin, puraane noto ki gandh aa rahi hai!"
(Park benches are empty, coffee mugs are sad. There are tears in the eyes of teddy bears... Lovers are not emanating the smell of perfume but the stink of old notes)
Ravish Kumar set the stage at the Times Lit Fest on fire when he recited his impeccably sarcastic ‘Love in the Time of Note Bandi’.
Known for his offbeat approach in dealing with various news in the political fray, he notched up his opinions by rendering a blasting poem on the current hocus pocus that surrounds the demonetization in the country at present.
The second day at the fest began on a high with Montek Singh Ahluwalia's key note address on India's Economic Challenges Ahead, followed by a ‘ghamasan’ debate on whether students should dabble in politics between the quite controversial Kanhaiya Kumar and Saket Bahuguna.
But the enthusiasm reached an all-time high after senior journalist Ravish Kumar recited his poetry on the effects of the note ban.
“Baby tum safed kajal kyu nai try karti, usse kaale dhan ki feeling aa rahi hai… zara chand dekho white money!”
Taking the example of the daily tussles between a girlfriend and boyfriend, he explained the ills for the missing 500 and 100 notes in an oh-so-desi, oh-so-funny way.
Watch his impressive speech here!
The Senior Executive Editor at NDTV India, the Hindi news channel of the NDTV news network, he is a popular Indian TV anchor who usually covers Indian politics. He hosts a number of main shows in which the channel’s Prime Time, Hum Log and Ravish Ki Report are most famous.
He is also one of the few writers who is involved in micro fiction stories, especially Laprek which was very well received.
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