Of Shohaib’s “phone”y games and news…

 

If I recall correctly, last week the headline news all over the country was the controversy around Mr Bachchan being snubbed by the Maharashtra Government when the sea link was opened in Mumbai and other incidents involving the Bachchan family. This week we have a new easter egg, Sania – Shohaib which has hatched to provide innumerable mini controversies from one big egg. Our attention span is not more than a week-long and we have this inbuilt, utterly remarkable ability to switch gears from one issue to another, without braking and we continue to accelerate at a break neck speed without a care in the world about issues that well and truly deserve our attention. The headline news yesterday as I opened the Times of India Bangalore edition was the Sonia – Shohaib conroversy and a full text of the interview that Shohaib had given to the paper claiming his innocence.

The interview was by far the most ridiculous one I have read in a long time and made me think is this the news that people want to wake up to an Easter Sunday? A big easter egg was cracked open with Shohaib innocently claiming how he was duped into marrying Ayesha who lives in Hyderabad. His tall claim of being duped sounded as dubious and the answers hurled one bouncer after the other. I have heard of love on the phone, but can love on the phone be this blind? I thought only Stevie Wonder was capable of this. And to make matters more ridiculous, Shohaib claims he has never seen the women on the phone and she would skip meetings when scheduled. Excuses of being overweight were given by his lady-love! And, despite never meeting the love of his life he marries her on the phone. Can twenty year olds be this stupid or is age being played very deftly here as an excuse?

Having said this, if Sania loves Shohaib who are we to interfere with their personal lives? Thackeray should know better than repeatedly making a clown of himself with his “brave” statements. Both Sania and Sonia too could be playing out a publicity game here knowing fully well  that their wedding will be the most talked about event and are capable of squeezing the living daylights out of all viewers by occupying prime slots on every news and gossip channel. Even if this marriage is a celebrity marriage of convenience or love, it is a personal decision and they do not require vouching, least of all by our politicians. Love is blind, love is dumb, love is deaf and most brave parties who succumb to love do not worry about religion or nationalities anymore. It is indeed very petty of our netas to make “nationality’ an issue here. Sania and Shohaib are not the only ones having a cross border marriage in the subcontinent.

There was an Indian Rajiv who married an Italian Sonia from a different continent altogether and we never predicted that we would be henpecked by the wife one day. So long as Shohaib from Pakistan has no plans of ruling us, he can do what he wants. If Shohaib is pulling a fast one regarding the “phone”y games he has been playing with Ayesha, then he well and truly needs to be reprimanded for his actions legally. Men cannot be duping women and then taking off with another pretty, young rich thing as a hobby.

The media has been speculating about what citizenship Sania may be taking? Again, she is free to do what she wants. Her act would clearly determine where her loyalties lie and in a country of a billion and we can do with one less. We cannot force men and women to remain Indians, it is a democratic right for them to shun their citizenship. There are of course patriotic people like yours truly who do not shun it and keep the blue passport despite lack of  timely service in consular offices abroad. But, if I shun my citizenship, would anybody care? Obviously not, so why are we overworking our cerebrum with what celebrities would do and would not do with their passports?

The Sania – Shohaib issue will last for a few more days, the dust will settle down as quickly as it has risen, the media circus will move to the next nearby town and set up shop there. This cycle of entertainment continues to eternity. When there is no more scoop news, an old news will get recycled. Kasab or his trial is hardly news anymore, the IPL is a lot more popular.Celebrity news gets more coverage on most major channels along with political controversies. There may be an Indian unknown athlete who has picked up a gold in an equally unknown event by Indian standards, he / she would find a place in the sports section of the papers describing his achievements in small font in not more than three lines if lucky.We are a country that gains knowledge watching and hearing Navjot Singh Sidhu on prime time. Yes, people like him make us laugh, but if laughing is all that we continue to do, when do we learn? The news today is hardly informative. From Zoom Tv to NDTV, the anchors look like circus clowns in pink striped jackets and a tomato stuck on their noses. News is a suitcase gag. The anchors open up one suitcase, perform the gag till we are bored and move on to the next gag.

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13 Responses to “Of Shohaib’s “phone”y games and news…”

  1. Thats what I feel di.Who are we to interfere in their personal lives.
    And,I am so very impressed by your patriotism,but could you not have still kept it owning another pp.Thats what many do right?Does it mean they some less love for their country.I don’t know really and am perplexed that is it not permissible to think the other way round.We all know the respect you enjoy owning an American or a UK citizenship.But at last its an individuals own preference to do so or not.And who in this world would not want to have every kind of facility at their doorsteps.

    Now,to talk about Ayesha,is it not an overall mistake of the community that is used to such stories of affairs between young children.Are not somewhere the parents responsible to let their sons and daughters flee away with their lovers.Had they been taught and brought up in a different way,this may not have been the case.I don’t blame Ayesha alone.Its a common trend now.If you aren’t in a relationship,people will laugh at you and say you are dumb,you are boring,you seem ugly and so on……..we don’t let them live either way….

    And about NDTV,I disagree a bit here.It is the only Indian news channel that I have ever come across which seems to have maintained an unbiased opinion in most of the issues.Neither they stress about something so much nor they criticise if I am not wrong.

    • Salman – Yes, parents are resposnible but after a certain point irrespective of the child’s age, there are a few things not under their control. I find NDTV quite biased especially on their political opinions. Re Passport, yes you can have dual passports, probably dont feel like dividing my loyalties.

      • Huh!!!!!!!!!!After one whole day we get a reply from the lady.Must have really been busy right.Mohtarma humne to pehle hi kaha tha ki CA mat kijiye ga…..par nahin mani mri bat apne….

        Anyways,jokes apart.What you say is right but it is not always acceptable in our community.I respect your love for our country……

        Now to talk about Ayesha,Sania and Shoaib…things are gettin more and more convoluted…..and you have defined things fantastically……now its time to forward this post somewhere…..plz do check your mail when you get time.Sorry for bothering you every now and then 😦

      • Hi Slaman – Yes, a bit busy…:) Thanks for your valued comments as always

  2. Aishwarya Says:

    Sharmila,

    When Abhishek and Aishwarya were to marry, a model made some false allegations against Abhi and got the media hyperexcited. Months before their wedding, speculations about how Abhi proposed in-flight, the age difference, Abhi’s broken engagement with Karishma, Ash’s past relationships with Salman and Viviek complete with old file photos, and finally sneak peeks of their wedding itself were splashed all over.

    Now we have old file photos of Sania’s previous engagement, interviews of a hitherto unknown Ayesha… and of course, Thackerey getting a little cheap publicity amidst it all.

    Feeling really sad for Sania and Shoaib. They would like to forget and forgive their differences and their past, but the media will never let them be.

  3. Well said!Fantastically written!

    The Sania-Sohaib saga really looks obscene and we should be slap a case of obscenity on News Channel! 😉

  4. I fail to understand how the Sania saga is even NEWS material? And these so called NEWS channels are going on and on about it. It is only a money making excercise for these media barons and no one is really bothered about the actual NEWS that affect people. The list is endless about the important things they could focus their attention on. It is a sad state really!

  5. Very well written.

    Sania, Shoiab and Ayesha…all in mess. No one is innocent and all are judging them. Media further forcing us to see through their eyes. It’s appearing to be less of a Shaadi and more of a Tamashaa!

    In this matter, two Indian women and a person from our unstable neighbour is involved. It’s complicated.

    Wish all three of them luck and move on.

  6. So true,we remain a country of controversies and our attention span is no longer than a few days. The IPL as you rightly point out is out of sight and out of mind too. Before the IPL it was the Sania – Shohaib affair, and just before that was the sea link controversy and before was the furore over a brinjal, and prior to this the MNIK saga, it never ends. None of these issues even get a mention now.

    I recall writing this when the Sania – Shohaib controversy came into play.
    “If I recall correctly, last week the headline news all over the country was the controversy around Mr Bachchan being snubbed by the Maharashtra Government when the sea link was opened in Mumbai and other incidents involving the Bachchan family. This week we have a new easter egg, Sania – Shohaib which has hatched to provide innumerable mini controversies from one big egg. Our attention span is not more than a week-long and we have this inbuilt, utterly remarkable ability to switch gears from one issue to another, without braking and we continue to accelerate at a break neck speed without a care in the world about issues that well and truly deserve our attention. The headline news yesterday as I opened the Times of India Bangalore edition was the Sonia – Shohaib conroversy and a full text of the interview that Shohaib had given to the paper claiming his innocence. How could this be headlines!”

    Controversies at times are instrumental in creating more than staggering revenues for the media, like in the case of Arther Andersen which conveniently became Accenture overnight, people where quite lost and never connected the two. The MNIK drama helped promote the movie initially until people judged it for themselves.The Three idiots controversy between the writer and the producer increased sales for both parties, there remained a substantial population who were keen to verify both ends of the story, they bought the book and watched the movie, just to make sure, guess who was laughing all the way to the bank!

    Then there are “saviours” who are brought in to address the issues, they call it conflict management and profit from it all. After the Satyam controversy, Mahindra stepped in. On it’s lowest point, the share price of Satyam fell to Rs 10, conflict management has taken the price up ten folds since then. Who would have thought controversy ridden Satyam would survive? No one even talks about Raju anymore, he is no longer in jail, last news in is that he is admitted in the ICU at a plush hospital and his fortune continues to climb.

    A wonderful summary of controversies by Pritish Nandy – “So let’s not kid ourselves. If you have something to sell, go make such a huge controversy around it that the world stops dead in its tracks. Husain’s fortunes were flagging when the saffronites went for him. Tyeb, Souza, Gaitonde, even young Subodh Gupta had hijacked his best selling tag. Auction after auction saw Husain’s prices tanking. Now, post this silly controversy, he’s back– right on top. Raj Thackeray followed the same strategy in politics, instigating one controversy after another, to ensure that he created a space for himself in Maharashtra politics. It’s not a unique strategy. Balasaheb Thackeray, Mayavati, Jayalalitha, Mamta Banerjee, and even Sonia Gandhi used every controversy to further their political cause. Each controversy helped consolidate their presence in politics, enhanced their play. Just as Sanjay became a bigger star after Khalnayak and his stint in jail. Salman has hit a purple patch with every controversy. Saif even got a Padma Shri for riling the Bishnois.”

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