Debates are a serious business.
Right from those school debates — you know the ones; where teachers or senior students would force their views onto you and turn the whole exercise into a recitation exercise for you, and then if you didn't win, they'd scorch you with that 'you had one job' glare — to presidential debates, they provide a platform from which to articulate opinions, viewpoints and analyses. So, it was with no small sense of anticipation and enthusiasm that we tuned in, early on Tuesday morning, to catch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first of three presidential debates.
Yes, debates are a serious business. But they're also a time-consuming business. Who, in today's world, has 90 spare minutes to spend watching two people indulging in what is essentially an argument? An argument with a bit of structure, perhaps. But is it really that different from watching two Delhi motorists giving each other the "oye!" and "jaanta nahin mera baap kaun hai?" treatment after a collision?
Which is why we wondered what a Trump-Clinton debate would be like in a shrunken form: The form of text-messaging. Then wonder turned to inspiration and inspiration to visualisation and-... well, you know how we do it at FP Special Forces.
So here then, is that debate reinterpreted:
How long did that take you? The real thing would've taken at least 45 minutes to get through this subject matter.
By this point you'd have spent 75 minutes of your day.
And there you go. All done!
Now take a moment to think about what you're going to do with those 87 minutes of your life we helped you save.