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That shrinking feeling




HURRY OM HURRY
Traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies can often put you to sleep. Unfortunately, when you wake up, they're still on. They involve 13 steps, like 'kanyadaan' and the seven 'pheras'. However, priests are now willing to take some 'short-cuts'. The most common reason for shorter, one to one-and-a-half hour, ceremonies stems from a practical issue - people are no longer in the habit of sitting cross-legged on the floor for such a long time. Receiving the guests and photography session also eat into the 'lagna' time. The priests too are in a hurry as they take on more assignments during the wedding season and are often rushing from one mandap to another. At a recent wedding in Delhi, the priest wrapped up the ceremony in one hour or so as he had a bus to catch to Chandigarh where another couple was waiting for him. Thankfully, he didn't forget to give his blessings.

RAPID FIRE

Who has one whole day to saunter to the stadium and sit through a 100 overs really? Unthinkable! Leave alone five whole days of baking under the sun in a stadium. From a five-day format to a 20-over one, cricket has folded over itself several times. Though the original format of the game lends itself more to a gentle pace and a lot of gentlemanly grace, the newer format is more like a millennial - quick, racy and hugely popular. Though the three formats exist simultaneously now, the five-day long epic is still regarded as the supreme test of a cricketer's skills.

LANGUAGE TO LINGO

Struggling to fit your hilarious tweet into 140 characters? Worry not. A new symbol to shorten the article 'the' into one letter is now here. At least your fingers will be grateful when they won't have to have to repeatedly thump out 'the' in the hundred text messages you send a day. LMAO, ROTFL, TTYL, TC - we have eaten up half the vowels anyway, so what are a few articles here and there? Soon we may not even need all the letters it seems. We could be conversing in hieroglyphics.

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