Thursday, February 01, 2007

And That's News?

I am back in Greenbelt after more than a month. Thanks to all those who mailed, messaged and commented in response to my last post. In spite of all that happened in the last month at the end of each day I could look towards at least one entity for momentary respite – Indian Media and its constant coverage of all things not news.

At the top of the list were Aishwarya and Abhishek. Every few minutes all news channels would suddenly stop short all advertisements (C'mon, not the Hutch one) and flash the latest developments in the Ash –Abhishek story, which usually meant running through the same old video footage of Aishwarya in her drabbest clothes alongside Bacchan Junior, who for some mysterious reasons kept turning up with this hair band like thing attached to his skull. If there was no breaking news, there was always an opinion poll where Chachan Darji (from down the road), his uncle and someone else’s nephew got to grin into the camera and talk about the good looking couple and how the pending wedding would affect the Indian GDP. On a rather dull day at the Rai-Bacchan households, when even their respective pets refused to lift a paw for news channels…one could always count on Shilpa Shetty to provide relief to our celebrity starved eyes. Once again in the absence of adequate footage, Chachan Darji and his clan would be promptly summoned to provide an indepth analysis of race relations in the UK.

It was really surprising to note that as a nation of more than a billion people we have little more to talk about than the wedding of two film stars or the fortune of another on a B grade reality show.

PS: Interesting Observation-You now how on an international flight, Indian aunties (and sometimes even uncles) keep asking for extra wine and then stuffing the cute little bottles into their cavernous hang bags. Well, this time around, the airline I flew (Emirates, if you need to know) insisted on unscrewing the bottles and removing the cap before serving. Smart move!!

5 comments:

Aparna said...

A thousand and more dollars for your thought!!

Just stopped by her and saw your last post. Please accept my heartfelt wishes on your loss. I do not have a clue on how intense your loss and deep the sorrow maybe, I do sincerely pray for you to bounce back soon and cherish the memories.

Anonymous said...

Aishek is news! But dont bother, when temples run out, they are out. Sabeer Bhatia missed.

Rgds
Vijay

Raccoon said...

didnt you know that the news channels were sent on a manufactured overdrive for two reasons:

1. to promote guru
2. to take the heat off nithari and SP.

btw, whats wrong with 'Indian aunties' stuffing cute wine bottles into their cavernous bags? I've seen blonde aunties/uncles doing that too. After all yr entitled to 2-3 drinks when you've paid for them...so why should anyone complain if they're getting their money's worth? more power to them, I say! The airline companies are making small profits at the expense of the new fliers who're super-conscious about 'proper' form (the propreity being decided by some vague self-set parameters).

Anyesha said...

raccoon: Thanks for the information...I did notice the excess promotion of Guru though!

Well I said Indian aunties because this was a flight to and from India (and is full of Indian aunties) and because a lot of people coming to this webspace usually come looking for "hot Indian Aunties"...so this was also a veiled attempt at waylaying some strangers this way. So coming back to the Aunties, even other Aunties with varying shades of hair color do it...I admit.

That said I really find grabbing mini booze bottles to be as offensive as flinching soaps, towels etc from a hotel room. Yes, you have paid for it..so consume it, don't carry it back for some neighbour just because you are a tee-totaler!

Deepak Jeswal said...

"Ash –Abhishek story, which usually meant running through the same old video footage of Aishwarya in her drabbest clothes alongside Bacchan Junior, who for some mysterious reasons kept turning up with this hair band like thing attached to his skull..."

You forgot to mention...exiting from yet another temple! It seems the Temple Association of India has started sponsoring the two.

BTW, Ash-Abhi are still fine. It is better than watching a story on 'Naagin Bani Suhagin' on India TV (I swear, I didnt make this up. I actually saw this report, and they were pretty serious about it, with even one reporter affixed in front of the said lady's house, giving updates!)