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!!