The A-Z of 2016

What a year it’s been, 2016. Here’s my take, dear reader.

India Today - - SIMPLY BUZZ -

Colum­nist and play­wright, Rahul Da Cunha writes about the year gone by.

AIADMK has a new boss. Aamir’s in­tol­er­ance com­ment, na­tion goes bal­lis­tic. Ac­che Din awaited. Aleppo de­stroyed. Alan Rick­man leaves us. Ak­shay Ku­mar rules Bol­ly­wood. Alia Bhatt rules Bol­ly­wood. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil kills the box of­fice. Air­lift soars. Aish­warya’s pur­ple lips at Cannes. ATMs un­der pres­sure. ATM lines. ATMs empty. Aad­har card on. Aad­har card off. Arnab Goswami goes (na­tion wants to know where). Arnab back. Arnab’s Repub­lic. Ash­win rules.

Barack goes to Cuba. Barack leaves the White House. Bol­ly­wood babes in Hollywood. Booze­bandi in Bi­har. Beef­bandi in Bom­bay. BHIM. Biopics in Bol­ly­wood. Brangelina call it quits.Bhakts go bal­lis­tic. Bat­tle against black money. Be­nami prop­er­ties. BRICS. BCCI cut down to size. Brexit. Bri­tain is going crazy. Boris re­signs.

Cameron re­signs. Cau­very prob­lems. Cash crunch. Cash­less so­ci­ety. Cas­tro adios. Chen­nai Su­per Kings banned. Clooneys di­vorc­ing: Clooneys hav­ing twins? Co­hen leaves us.

Dal­its. Dan­gal de­stroys the box of­fice. David Bowie gone. Deb­bie Reynolds fol­lows Car­rie Fis­cher. Deepika and Vin Diesel. Dig­i­tal age. De­mon­i­sa­tion, sorry, Doomon­eti­sa­tion, sorry, De­mon­eti­sa­tion. Dipa Kar­makar’s Pro­dunova. Dy­lan awarded No­bel Prize. Dy­lan dis­ap­pears. Dy­lan reap­pears and ac­cepts No­bel.

Farmer sui­cides. Feku speaks and speaks. Fawad Khan hungama. Five crore to army fund.

Ge­orge Michael go­goes. Goods & Sales Tax passed. Gur­gaon re-named Gu­ru­gram.

Hash­tags be­fore ev­ery­thing. Hil­lary flat­ters to de­ceive. Hil­lary flat­tened.

Im­mi­grant influx. In­drani and Peter con­tin­u­ing saga. ISIS bru­tal­ity.

Jay­alalithaa gone. Jana Dhan Yo­jana. Jio 4D. Jun­gle Book re­gales.

Kan­gana vs Hrithik spat. Kapoor & Sons. Kohli Kohli and more Kohli­ma­nia. Kohli RCB. Kohli Anushka. Kohli cap­tains. Kohli on TV. Kohli is In­dia. Karun Nair’s 300. Kan­haiya Ku­mar takes the stage. Ke­jri­wal fal­ters.

Lodha Com­mis­sion dic­tates. Lone gun­men mas­sacres. Leonardo diCaprio fi­nally wins his Os­car.

Make in In­dia. Mann ki Baat. Mallya splits. Manch­ester City tri­umphs. Mitron. Muham­mad Ali RIP.

Nawaz not so sharif. NaMo dominates. NaMo’s bor­ing New Year day speech. Neerja soars. Note­bandi in In­dia. Nak­a­ban­dis in Mumbai.

OBC is­sues. Odd-Even num­ber plates. OROP re­sis­tance. Owaisi ag­gres­sion.

Patankhot tragedy. Prince gone. Pak­istan’s sneaky be­hav­iour. Pak­istan bait­ing In­dia. Pak­istani ac­tors banned in Bol­ly­wood. Pak­istan cross border ter­ror­ism. Pak­istan side­lined. Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani and his Cen­sor board. Paytm pros­pers. Par­lia­ment ses­sions washed out again and again and again. Patan­jali prod­ucts. Panama pa­pers. Pink - the movie. Pink - the Rs 2,000 note. Poke­mon ob­ses­sion. Pot­ter­ma­nia ob­ses­sion con­tin­ues.

Queues out­side banks. Aap quatar mein re­henge.

Ratan Tata re­turns. Raghu­ra­man Ra­jan rocks. Raghu­ra­man Ra­jan re­sists. Raghu­ra­man Ra­jan re­turns to Har­vard. Re­serve Bank of In­dia, Re­verse Bank of In­dia. Roll­back Bank of In­dia. RSS short pants be­come long. Ripped jeans banned in col­lege. Rio Olympics.

Se­hwag’s tweets. Shara­pova tests pos­i­tive. Sur­gi­cal Strikes on Pak­istan. Sur­gi­cal strikes on black money. Swachh Bharat. Suit Boot ki sarkar. Smart cities. Smart phones. Start ups. Stand­ing up for the na­tional an­them be­comes a Supreme Court dik­tat. Sak­shi Ma­lik wrestling bronze. Sindhu bad­minton sil­ver medal. Sania Mirza splits with Swiss Miss Hingis. Saina Ne­hwal iffy year. Sherry Paaji flip flops. Shivaji stat­ues in the sea.

Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. Trolls bal­lis­tic. Tata sons. Tata-Mistry ten­sion. Trump tow­ers above all. Trump for Prezzie.

Udta Pun­jab. Ladta Pun­jab with cen­sor board. Uri at­tacks. Uber Ola surge pric­ing. Usain Bolt bolts to 9 golds. Vadra can’t zip through air­port se­cu­rity. Var­dah de­stroys Chen­nai.

Ya­dav vs Ya­dav. Yu­vraj mar­ried.

Zakir Naik. Zika epi­demic. Zzzzzz in Par­lia­ment.

GUEST COL­UMN RAHUL DA CUNHA Colum­nist and play­wright

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