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Thursday, September 22 2022


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One person can remain a minister and also be elected Congress president. I will do anything that benefits the party, one post, two posts or three posts, I won't back down.

That’s what Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot declared—as he readied to announce his candidacy for president of the Congress party. What Gehlot’s really saying: he wants to remain CM even after taking the job—a flagrant violation of the party’s strict ‘one person, one post’ rule. And this is the guy the Gandhi family is tacitly backing for the top job. Let’s review: the Congress will most likely end up with a president who is more interested in retaining his power base than reviving his party’s dismal state. Well done. 

 

An AMA with Ayaz Memon! We are delighted to announce a conversation with one of the most erudite observers of cricket. Ayaz’s many books include biographies of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli—and most recently, he edited an anthology on the history of cricket— ‘Indian Innings’—which traces the journey of Indian cricket since 1947. So get ready to ask him your burning questions about the state of our national sport this Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 6:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here


Good advice needed! We launched a crowd-sourced version of ‘I Recommend’—because everyone needs advice when they have stuff to buy. By popular demand, our next edition of I Rec will feature all kinds of earphones—wireless or wired. Pretty please, help your fellow splainer subscribers by recommending your tried-and-tested faves. Fill out a handy form here. ICYMI: Here are our previous editions on the perfect red lipstick, all kinds of athletic shoes, sunscreens, watches and snacks.

 

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Big Story

The Adnan Syed case: The OG true crime drama

The TLDR: Earlier this week, the Pakistani American walked out of prison after 23 years—when his conviction in the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was vacated. Media reports have framed his release as testimony to the power of popular true crime podcast ‘Serial’. But is that really true?


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Putin readies for a big attack
  • NY Attorney General sues Donald Trump
  • Adani’s insane earnings report
  • Record marine heatwave alert
  • Honey is as powerful as modern antibiotics
  • Meds to treat alcoholism
  • The link between bad dreams and dementia
  • Supreme Court hearings will be streamed
  • UEFA ‘framed’ Liverpool fans

 

Sanity Break

  • Shiva and Parvati playing chaupar 

 

I Recommend

  • Visual artist Aryan Nair recommends must-haves in a creative profession

 

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