Celebrity sighting, the world’s tenth wonder!
Oct 17 2013
The crowd was of massive proportion, far more than one if there was a flood, earthquake or an election rally. Rumour had it that she wanted to visit the land of the ‘snakecharmers, turbaned polo players and orange pekoe tea”.
Hello! Hadn’t she heard of cricket? That’s the one hurrah, that we can boast, has survived since the past century. Anyway, why would she want to know of our Indian ways, when each of her moves rippled through history. She was named the ‘vocal stylist’ of fall 2013 (whatever that means!).
Last week, the shy singer had announced a possible retirement from the world of singing at the delicate age of 23. The pundits in an ashram at a ‘very secret and holy place’ in India had shown her how to mitigate the effects of natural disasters like global warming by eschewing negative thoughts. The heat from negative thoughts could ‘burn down’ the atmosphere. She sure believed that because when her boyfriend died, the negative thoughts that invaded her head blew down her life for two years; burnt her to the ground.
Now she had revealed in an exclusive interview to a magazine that though they thought of her as “a lust-laden maiden, it was so untrue! I hate men, negative thoughts and Republicans…I’d rather read a…a…a...book!” These famous quotes of hers were on the lips of all who had waited for hours to catch a glimpse of their super singer. (Let me tell you whatever she said always hit the front page!).
I am sorry but you have to be in a frenzied crowd to get the utter vapidity of the atmosphere. Then cello tape your eyelids open to catch a glimpse of her disappearing hand as she whizzes past in a midnight black coffin-type car that mows down the night.
I was at the airport to get to the departure lounge on the top level, but having arrived too early and nothing to do, I watched the crowd while they waited for the diva, who had trod such a thorny path since childhood. What pluck to face the public with head held high after such a traumatic childhood. (Pity she had no time to meet the homeless on our streets who would have matched her childhood story.)
But ah! Celebrity sightings have become such a phenomenon, one text or post on a social networking site and the city responds in a heartbeat. It’s not less than watching the tenth wonder of the world.
(The writer is a theatre director and novelist)