About Me

Humour columnist for the Hindustan Times. Member, @AllIndiaBakchod. Stand-up comic. Beer enthusiast. Too lazy to type out full sentences.

For assignments – be they for TV, film, web, print or stand-up shows, corporate and otherwise – do drop in a line at ashish[DOT]shakya85[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Hurry. Beer money running out.


97 responses to “About Me

  1. Dude, you write really well man.. Every article is a work of art.. You are one day going to be a household name like Vir Sanghvi, Bachi Kakaria etc.
    I am going to enjoy following your career!!

  2. Ashwini Vasudevan

    Your quick wit and humor at the stupid realities of society, make your column a good read.

    Keep up the good work, look forward to reading more quirky write-ups from you!

  3. Hey! Good stuff man. Look forward to seeing you at the comedy store this month.

    Keep it up dude. (pun)


  4. good stuff man ejoyed narration of world cup

  5. sonali sangwan

    i dont think ur column is published in ht delhi edition. i hope it can be. lot of people missing the fun of reading ur articles

  6. am loving your posts buddy πŸ™‚
    first visited your blog from the Laden post… loved other posts too

  7. You’re quite funny πŸ˜›

  8. i find your blog extremely entertaining… its helping me pull through my engineering exams. Please write more often and i shall pay for the beer πŸ˜›

  9. Your blog has Epic Win written all over it. Your similes are unmatchable and so is your wild imagination.
    Great write-ups. Hope you keep bettering yourself πŸ™‚

  10. I made my twitter accnt. And strted following u just randomly but now i m ur fig fan. Ur gonna be household name soon. Tc and keep us entertain like this.

  11. You have an awesome blog!

  12. i just love your blog. i first saw your blog for the love thy neighbors post and immediately made a bookmark.. it’s a really fun reading.. keep it up..hope to see more.

  13. i like ur blog πŸ™‚ its pretty entertaining !

  14. Awesome!!! thats all i can say about your writeups….keep going…best luck….

  15. duuuuude!!!!! u slay me!! seriously! i just followed a random link sahil rizwan (whose comic genius is second only to that of cyrus broacha, russel peters and rahul mahajan…m definitely adding u to that list) tweeted,,, n let me tell u, i just had a “stupidus maximus madness marathon” reading ALL of your blogs!!! which, btw, makes me feel extremely guilty coz being a med student, m not supposed to have such “vela” time or for that matter, life.. but whatever!! it’s worth having my mother give me suspicious looks coz i m having fits of laughter wen m supposed to be working on a project on my lappy…. cheers to u!!
    p.s:- shoe-shopping WILL be a major world religion… soon, very soon…

  16. Had the craziest time going through your stuff! One of those reading-and-munching-and-reading-and-munching frenzies that get out of control, especially before exams. (Not that the reading has anything to do with the actual exam– and I do have a gigantic one coming up!)
    Stayed up late (but of course) and emailed your website to everybody on my address-book, catching up with random people, some after a decade!
    Brilliant stuff!

  17. Nice site.How do you pack so much in?

  18. I swear if I wasn’t signed into wordpress and wasnt lazy, i’d have asked you out anonymously. I love your posts so much I toned my stomach muscles laughing. Thank you for cheering me up after the dejection of Arsenal getting bum-raped tonight!!!

  19. Now THIS is proper humour.
    I’m now an official fan of yours !

  20. Mr. Ashish are you an ethnic Nepali ? Your surname is one !! Please do answer!!

  21. pankaj kumar shakya

    all the best dude .n thanks all the posts.

  22. I love your writing. Simply awesome! Commendable! I never miss a post.

  23. maaaaan your articles are real good …..please keep writing forever.. would’ve been so good if you ht articles could come every sunday..

  24. I hate your writing. people in my office give me weird, threatening, and ‘shut the hell up’ looks because i m having random uncontrollable fits of laughter, reading every single sentence of your article, when I am suppose to work!
    dude what are you?? whatever! totally agree with your wild imagination!! πŸ˜€
    – suppa crazy fan of you :D!!


    KEEP UP … πŸ™‚

  26. Awesome work Ashish, you rock! Along with Indrajit Hazra, you make the Sunday HT immensely readable. Thanks and keep going!

  27. hey, your writing is very very fun. Reminds me of a combination of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Being the guy who writes The Week That Wasn’t I’m guessing you know them. If not, please get to know them. They’re awesome. Anyway, the show’s good but I cant help but get the feeling that you guys are censored somehow. That’s not the right word. More like you’re not being as ridiculous/funny/evil/smart as you could/want to be. Maybe it’s just the baby steps thing. But your writing is as close to Colbert/Stewart-ish stuff as I have seen in India. Anyway, you need better laughter producing machine thingies on the show. i think the ones you have now sort of kill the fun. And I’m really sorry if this is one of those things that just post automatically without going through you. If I sound mean in any way, I don’t mean to.

  28. You are AWSOME!! I havent laughed so much! Sorry to have discovered you so late (just 2 days back) and am reading all ur posts so far on this link…ROTFLMAO literally!!

    Carry on Shakya!!!

  29. Hi Ashish, Happy new year. I really LOVE your articls and look forward to them every week!
    And I thought you totally deserved the versatile blogger award. Here it is.. http://thoughtsunrestricted.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/versatile-blogger/

  30. because i’m not in the habit of adding people I don’t know, a message that precedes the friendship request.
    someone I know not by promiscuous means shared your blog link. as is usually the case on Sunday mornings at 12:22, my head was thirsting for something funny.
    your “never having to wear pants” post was that and more.
    great style. great humour. great reading you.
    the world is small, [as seen from Jupiter] and so we’ll probably meet sometime in our blessed careers.
    so here’s a Hi, so when we meet there’s no awkward silence.

  31. I have a question for you. Why do people write email addresses like this: abcd(at)gmail(dot)com? Isn’t it needlessly complicated? Or is that the point?

    How is the weather?

  32. Was recently introduced to this blog and went through some of your posts. Sometimes, your writing reminds me of the younger greatbong (yes, the one with the Random Thoughts of his Demented Mind), before he mellowed down slightly.

  33. Oh, but I did not mention in the previous comment what I wanted to…really admire your witty analogies and enjoy your sense of humor! How do you do it?

  34. wish to get in touch with you for an event at grand hyatt mumbai on 28th april.

    Sarah (9892462236/9769620111)

  35. Hey ashish,

    I have a couple of restaurants in delhi and now we are promoting with comedy nights, let me know if you wanna talk about it.

  36. ur view of life..is actually a miscall feom other side…

  37. U R just insanely stupendous fella… Bows to u….\m/

  38. Hey. The RSS feed link does not work. Please fix.
    It does go the page but is unable to link to any reader

  39. Ashish,
    Your article on Aamir on Sunday 13.5.12- Satyameva Jayate was best.
    You surpassed yourself.

  40. Whenever I want a humorous, sarcastic and well-written articles they have to be your articles.
    Keep up the humor !

  41. Man… U r just awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee πŸ™‚ .
    i just read ur first article and cant wait to read more n more…..
    Love the way you create humor in all real trivial facts of life…

    Keep it up πŸ™‚

  42. Would like to invite you for TEDxLingayaUniversity, event happening in OCTOBER,2012….. Please reply!

    Varun Khurana
    Curator, TEDxLingayaUniversity

  43. Brilliant!
    I am trying to establish a similar writing style (pun totally intended, satirical) and would value your thoughts on my writing. Probably a lot to ask but do have a look when you get a moment! (And perhaps give me some inputs on how to make my material get more eyeballs…)



  44. Big fan! πŸ™‚ Your latest blogpost is hilarious! Way to go! πŸ™‚

  45. Simply Superb!! I am a new reader of your blog…Its just amazing!! :)Way to go!!!

  46. You are awesome mate. Great reading your blog.

  47. Sunday in office was totally bearable πŸ™‚ Thanks to you !!

  48. Okay, so I read your article in HT. Jhampak Jhapak, one! Oh and the one before that. and the one before that. And I follow your site. Your funny and cool. And I think I saw you the other day at work. Lol.

  49. Hi, just went through some of the comments posted above, post reading most of ur stuff (Yes ones dating back to 2010 also) and i know am not going to say anything new in ur praise( 😦 I wanted to sing some original songs of praise)!
    BUT i am hooked!Man,you are crazy funny, i could die laughing here, sitting on my desk in the middle of a wed afternoon at work!

  50. I totally enjoy your column. Thanks for all the laughs.

    If ever you are visiting Goa let me know. It would be my pleasure to
    take you out drinking. Beer or Feni or whatever. My treat.



  51. Hi Ashish.

    My name is Kevin Gillespie, I do, MUCH prefer to be called Kev though. :).

    I live in Wales, & am now Following your Blog. :).

    Best Wishes. πŸ™‚

  52. Excelling writing. Look forward to reading more!

  53. i gotta agree with you about the generic indian movie storylines. And the resentment comes from polo sports as well as most anyone willing to fork over their livelihood to be a walking advertisement. what’s your favorite hindi romance film that’s not oozing with cheese? do they/does one exist?

  54. Fantastic use of words… witty comparisons … immensely enjoyed reading thru your posts

  55. I am sending you a virtual kiss for your brain & those amazing fingers that think & write so well. I truly can’t remember if there is any other time I laugh the way I do whilst I am reading your thoughts. You sirjee are truly the amazings. Yaar aap ho hi nahin iss duniya ke. Love reading your blogs. Keep it up. Thank you for making us think, thank you for making us smile πŸ™‚ big kiss xxx

  56. My friend sent me your link today cause we have been obssessing about YJHD. Mostly because of Ranbir Kapoor! Which is weird since we are all pushing 30-makes one feel like a cradle snatcher!
    But wanted to tell you that your blog had made my day; essentially since I am trying to foget the dull pain in my jaw. Just had a painful tooth extraction you see. So thanks for being funny and hitting the nail bang on.

    Oh and try being a 29 year old unmarried female in India! People have started looking at me with sympathy as if I am suffering from some she-is-bound-to-die-and-oh-don’t-touch-her-you-might-get-infected-too disease.

  57. Ashish you are boss.

  58. Superb articles! Very entertaining πŸ˜€

  59. A person who is almost as without work as I am sent me a link to your blog and insisted I read it. I did not have the heart to tell her I already was a fan.
    Since I intend reading as many of your posts as possible, and promote them till I froth from my mouth, I thought I should come and dump atleast a part of all that gushing on to your page.
    So here, fan comment.

  60. Your tongue in cheek comments and quick witted references are amazing.Every article offers something new.
    Cheers!!!!Keep writing.

  61. Soumya Ananthanarayanan

    Brilliant writing. Keep up that work!

  62. Couldn’t remember the blog url or your name. But “general idiot for hire” works. πŸ˜€

  63. I enjoy your work. Till the day people try pathetically to be funny in their comments here, you will remain funnier than your audience. Hence, valid.

  64. Do you perform at college fests?

  65. http://www.theunrealtimes.com/author/shreyamanjunath/
    By posting this completely random, unsolicited link….i’m either trolling for readership or challenging you to a write off or hoping in vain to spark off an old-school, mushy column-writing romance

  66. Just read this article of yours


    “Kareena: Dunno. But I’m probably the first Kapoor to waste alcohol. Maybe I should go lick it off her?”


  67. Hi Ashish

    Visited your blog after some time and ended up compulsively reading more than 10 posts

    Don’t remember having laughed out so loud reading something before. What I found most epic thus far:
    …when Pt. Nehru took a deep breath, and uttered the now-historic words, β€œBoss, Dadar kis side aayega?”

    Keep typing!

  68. I’d date you in a heartbeat. My parents would approve πŸ˜€
    No seriously, you’re so awesome, I steal your jokes, just like the people who live in Atta market steal the aluminium sheeting from around the pedestrian overbridges because they’re awesome.

  69. Oh my God. I read through a bunch of your posts before frolicking over to your About Me and now I am flabbergasted. This explains a lot, seriously. πŸ˜€

  70. Dhoom 3’s review was your first article I read .. then Jhakaas Bauer.. then Krrish 3 [I am a diehard Hrithik fan and I love Aamir, too but damn were the reviews too awesome :p ] .. and today, I even read the one about AAP [yeah, big deal for us movie buffs for whom newspaper usually means Bombay Times] .. kudos, keep it up, man

  71. Hey! I started reading your articles recently, and couldn’t rest until I finished reading everything that you have posted on stupidusmaximus! I am completely head-over-heels in love with your writing and sense of humour! Eagerly awaiting more of your work… πŸ™‚

  72. man u r just too too good!! ur sense of sarcasm surpasses all known sarcastic qualities of the age! i kind of go on reading reading reading ..n laughing…n marvelling at ur enthralling writing tactics!! u r simply unbelievable! πŸ™‚ \m/

  73. ‘PROBLEM IN MAIN POINT’ – Ashish, bhaiyya tum gajnut ho! Lungifaad humour!

  74. love your writing!My family fight to be the first to read your weekly column on HT
    Love your humour, your witty sarcasm, and your views on everything is so funny.Thankyou for the laughs they are priceless

  75. Devanjail Banerjee

    I absolutely love your blog.
    I should totally be studying for my entrances but a combination of annoyance and anger and frustration led me to your blog by sheer serendipity.
    And boy do I love serendipity right now.

    I LOVE your posts and your perspectives on national\international issues. .
    (“A man’s gotra do what a man’s gotra do” had me gasping for five WHOLE minutes,I kid you not)

    Thank you so much.
    You kinda made my day.

  76. **crazyfanalert**
    You got perfect sarcasm dude.
    I so wanna go **heart*heart** but that will be gay…

  77. Hi, I am doing a story and I need your inputs for it. please do contact back.

  78. India’s best funny writer Ashish Shakya hai
    Uske articles ko top karna Ashakya hai !!!

  79. I loved your blog! You have got excellent capacity of telling stories! Superb!

  80. Nice and light humor… Love your blog.


    Ok brother seriously…. I started reading from the friends article and did not stop till your first article in 2007. I do not want to die knowing that I somehow jinxed it. It’s been 15 days and I am already wetting my pants in fear. Please confirm that you’ll continue writing inspite of your AIB commitments OR ELS U WL HV TO PEY FR D CONSEQUENCES (WOT U THNK I CNT SPLL BG WRDS???)

  82. Ashish, you are good onstage and all that but man, writing is your forte. What is it since ‘FRIENDS’ post?
    Your blog and a few more stuff keeps my faith in humanity and in survival of sanity in India…..had started to believe Ekta Kapoor will finish whatever was left after Lord Macaulay, i.e. Intellectual capital of the sub-continent.


  84. Dude, the universe is outta sync. No right wing troll in the comments. This is against Indian Culture. Let me save them the trouble :
    “You jhola-wearing, petition-signing anti-national Fabindia libtard.”
    — generated using http://fuckmytrip.in/rightwing-insult-generator.html

    Phew. All in a days work

  85. It always gives me a moral excuse when i see people like you around, doing nothing except biting people’s asses and making them laugh as hell. To be honest, I am a wannabe comedian and try to write satire to make people laugh. I have never got any honest review on what I write. I know you’re a lazy ass far from being busy so when you feel like doing something, reach out to my blog and tell me how’s it. Here’s the link https://grumpysingh.wordpress.com/

  86. I think you are superbly creative! Nice roasting and getting roasted as well in the latest show. Ahh man. You’re the best. πŸ™‚

  87. Looks like the AIB Roast is getting some flak. But don’t worry. No one can make you go back in time and not do it. He he. Its amusing that people took off time, watched it for free and then got offended by it.

    I am going to now spend some time, search for political speeches, if I don’t find them, search for them using my contacts, lose my job over it and then watch it. And in then end, I am going to be very very offended by it. Would someone call me stupid for doing that? Would you? Or would you ask me to get a life? Just a question. Not saying anything. πŸ™‚

  88. Ashish, my friend….superb!! I logged on feeling grim due to xyzzzzzzeeee thingies happening around…..and thank God i opened ashishshakya[DOT]com πŸ˜› and i have been either laughing my ass offf or smiling throughout…..great going dude…love all that you write or say or do or even not write or not say or not do…well….i think ur crazy funny shit has made me crazy too!!! hahaha…. ok seriously…great stuff!!

  89. no new article for march ?? Am waiting !!

  90. Keep up the good work, look forward to reading more quirky write-ups from you!

  91. hi Ashish, you are an idiot with an iEYE.

  92. I have never laughed as much as when I am reading your blog!!! Keep up the good work, Sir!!

  93. Dude! You are awesome.. Literally!! I mean.. Ur show is best on Indian tv.. Seriously was fed up with that saas bahu drama
    Thank you so much guys.. 😍 😘

  94. Dude!! You are awesome.. Literally!! I mean.. Ur show is best on Indian tv.. Seriously fed up with that saas bahu drama Thank you so much guys.. Ur an inspiration.

  95. theguywhohatesfornoreason

    you are black!!!

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