Morphing done with graphic software like Adobe Photoshop, is part of the current practice of cartooning the world over today. It is no more offensive than the hand-done caricaturing by the conventional practitioner.
Forget the metaphor, the magnitude is real. It is a battle for national relevance and no less a prequel to Kerala’s assembly election in 2021. If there is anything worse than the electoral mood swing between two neat fronts, there is a third within spoiling distance - the BJP.
The buzz in Mettu Neerathan village is that the whole state is watching Theni for signs. Once the voters here show the way, Jaya loyalists statewide would sense it, swing in sync and the winner would take all.
Armed with cellphones, these party men are focused on immediate rival AIADMK, which they think is in terminal decline, hastened by T T V Dhinakaran, who, on his part, is expected to helpfully split the Jaya legacy vote.
More than a soft drink, Coke meant jobs and a good life to this backward farming belt where the soft drink major set up a bottling plant in 2002. In just four years career dreams were gone with the fizz.