There is something about the Union budget, a dreadfully dreary two-hour affair (interspersed with cliches and couplets that owe their origin to the origins of the respective finance minister) that unleashes the wildest, orgiastic spirits in Indian print newsrooms—and art cubicles.
The morning after, readers are greeted to the marvels of PhotoShop, some to good effect, most not, many quite offensive.
Take your pick from the 2013 edition—courtesy The Times of India, The Telegraph, Hindustan Times, Hindustan, The Economic Times—in which artists manage to do the finance minister P. Chidambaram what most reporters and editors would like to but will never be able to.
Thankfully, DNA gets it.
Its lead photograph on page one has jokers from a circus catching the budget proceedings on a TV screens..