The Week That Was: Leading Up To FIFA 2014

We’re back again, and as we sit in Mumbai, hot and bothered awaiting the monsoon and only feeling better because it’s so much hotter in Delhi (you’re right, poor Dilli-walas just experienced the hottest day in 62 years!), we continue to doggedly do our duty of refreshing you on the week that was. Without further ado, here we go.

RIP, Gopinath Munde

Gopinath Munde Passes Away
Untimely deaths always put forth the question, “What if?”, and both politicians and people will be asking this of the sudden passing away of Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde last Tuesday. The death occurred due to a car accident while he was on his way to Delhi airport. Fit and able at 65 years with a political career ahead of him as a prominent minister in the BJP (many thought he could be the next CM of Maharashtra), our condolences go out to the family and all his supporters. Of course, the incident has sparked questions on conspiracies and some have demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Sarthak Agarwal—Topperrrr!

sarthak agarwal memes

Here’s a 17-year-old who has taken the internet by storm! CBSE topper Sarthak Agarwal, who sailed through his 12th grade exams with 99.6%, is now the subject of some hilarious memes doing the rounds. (His Facebook page has upwards of 80,000 likes.) We think it’s time for Sarthak to stop being shy and cash in on all this trolling—write a few books, come on a few TV talk shows and, of course, chat with Arnab—after all, the nation wants to know where the remaining 0.4% went? And for all those not academically inclined or who fell short of what they aimed for in the boards, please remember—aal iz well! And do read this post by funnyman Vir Das.

Splitsville for Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith Split

And sadly we report another celebrity ‘de-coupling’. After an 18-year-long marriage, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have decided to call it quits. Griffith has filed for custody of their 17-year-old daughter. By Hollywood standards, this is not unusual at all. But, ouch! That tattoo removal is going to hurt.

Go, Rafa!

nadal wins french open for the ninth time
Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to clinch the 2014 French Open victory, and of course setting new records as he became the only male player to win a single Grand Slam tournament nine times. What a ride for all Nadal fans! And for those who swear by Novak, don’t feel let down. There’s always next time!

Lead Up To FIFA 2014: Not So Happy

World Cup Protest
What with Brazilians angry over the extravagant spends for the next two weeks, while several suffer without food or shelter, and São Paulo metro strike and traffic mismanagement, the lead-up to the World Cup is not looking as smooth as many football fans would have hoped. Public anger has taken the form of graffiti art and protests. The above image of street art has gone viral.

On the bright side, there is good news for Cristiano Ronaldo fans, who were disappointed that he may not be able to play the opening group game. He has resumed training, and will hopefully delight football addicts yet again.

We’d like to end with some football trivia in this cool animated storybook by the New York Times magazine. Makes us want to go to Brazil—stat!

That’s all from us! You’re all set for the new week (yes, you can thank us). See you again next Monday—yes, sadly Monday will be back but so will this round-up. Now at least you have something to look forward to.

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