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Akhilesh Yadav
Screen play Akhilesh Yadav Photo: AFP

Digital Blasphemy
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been praised and criticised in equal measure for his poll scheme to distribute laptops to students. The students who got the computers, however, were in for a rude shock if they decided that they didn’t want to see the smiling mugs of Akhilesh and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav whenever they logged in. News reports say that removing the image crashed the Linux operating system the laptops work on. To be fair, the UP Electronics Corporation is willing to fix the glitch, but it advises students not to meddle with things like BIOS interfaces and party propaganda.
Aamir KhanSweet Success
Why Aamir Khan Is Spoilt For Choice
We know Aamir Khan is more than a little picky about choosing scripts. But when your name is Khan, you’re going to get more than your fair share of hopeful scripts asking for your money to bring them to life and untold box office success. Khan, it seems, has not been impressed with the pickings, repo rt edly rejecting all that came his way since Talaash. That’s 200 scripts in 12 months. That’s not just small fry: he’s apparently said no to Vishal Bhardwaj, Rohit Shetty and Priyadarshan.
What’s in a name Pope Francis Photo: AP

In Good Faith
You’ve heard it already: we have the first ever Latin American Pope, the first Jesuit Pope, the first to think up a new name in a 1,000 years. Pope Francis may be the greatest thing to happen to the Catholic Church since Michelangelo’s paintbr ush, or he might just be an ineffectual old man. Either way, he’s probably going to be better than the name Iranian State TV annou nced, tha nks to, presumably, mystified translators: Habemus Papam. It’s hard to reform the Church when you’re a Latin phrase meaning ‘We have a Pope’.
‘If people have an issue, they can punch each other’
Shane Warne (His solution to the issues engulfing Australian cricket)