Seriously, sometimes I want to smoke what the PR people are smoking. Today I got this odd little press note;
“Greetings for the day!!!
Hope all fine with you
Please find attached the picture and the answered questions about her reading habits and books she likes to read
Feel free to revert for any queries
Hope this you can publish
Thanks and Regards”
P.S. My favorite part is the yoda-esque quality of “this you can publish” as opposed to “can you publish this?”
But seriously I don’t recall asking what Sneha Wagh’s favorite books are. (I don’t actually even know who she is, do you?)
1. What is your current bedside reading book?
I am presently reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda Its truly an amazing book…many of life’s lessons to be learnt…
2. What is it about the book that fascinates you?
Definitely the best book I have ever read. Gives you an insight of rich Indian saint lineage and their lives. Has totally changed my thought process and anybody can feel positive vibrations as he starts reading this holy book provided he has that devotion and love for all
3. What kind of books do you normally prefer reading just before going to bed?
I like books which follows a simple language yet very much linkage to life. I also like reading fiction, comedy at times even comics…
4. A little on the type of books you like reading?
I had read many books of Sydney Sheldon… almost all the books written by her. At times I prefer sum light stories like for instance the best comedy flick is Trust Me by Rajshree it’s a comic story about love, heart-break and friendship.
5. Who are your favorite authors and why?
As I said … Sydney Sheldon, Shobha Dey, (fictional stories by them) at times autobiographies …. The reason is I enjoy reading books … and they change my moods if suppose I m upset I read comedy books, (Rajshree – trust me) when I need certain guidance I read autobiographies …
P.S. So turns out she’s almost-famous for her portrayl of “Jyoti” on NDTV Imagine. The story traces the journey of a young woman Jyoti, the eldest of the three daughters and the sole bread winner of the family who sacrifices her dreams and aspirations to fulfill every need and desire of her family. Ah yes lets propagate that stereotype why don’t we, so healthy.
And just when we all thought we were safe Rakhi Sawant strikes again. (I suppose there’s some comfort in knowing that some people never change, also that a publicity stunt by any other name, is still a publicity stunt.)
I got a call sometime last week alerting me to this “major event” where a “very well known celebrity” was going to unveil a ground breaking hunt for love on TV (while I thought wait a minute I think I’ve seen this movie...)
As it turns out the “celebrity” is none other than the notorious Rakhi Sawant, and the event is (someone gag me with a spoon) her “earnest” attempt to find love on the wire. I kid you not, this is going to be a nationwide search to help Rakhi find her soul mate (Splitsvilla style.) All courtesy NDTV Imagine aptly titled “Rakhi Ka Swayamvar.” 15 prospective grooms will be vying for Rakhi’s (evidently volatile affections.) Over the duration of the show, the prospective bridegrooms will be brought together under one roof and be put through a series of tasks that will test their personality, character, physical fitness, talent, their compatibility with Rakhi (and clearly their sanity.) All through the series, viewers will help Rakhi decide, by voting for or against the prospective bridegrooms. Reality television just got a little too (su)rreal.
You know what’s really tragic though? I’ll probably watch. (Reality TV junkies of the world are you with me?) It started with “Big Boss” and continues with (the infinitely better “Roadies” & “Splitsvilla”) and I confess even the likes of “Sarkar” and the lamentable “Sitaron Ko Choona Hain” on Real TV (damn you Raghu) I’m addicted. I need my fix.
Shah Rukh Khan
Sourav Ganguly and the contestants
Mark your calendars the IPL kicks off April 18th 2009 and where there’s cricket Bollywood can’t be far behind. Tonight we’ll be watching the finale episode of “Knights and Angels” the reality hunt for six cheerleaders for the Kolkata Knight Riders. (Ah yes how far we’ve come.) After five weeks of battling it out with fellow contestants, it’s judgment day for the participants and only six will make it to South Africa, The finale episode tonight on NDTV Imagine features Shah Rukh Khan accompanied by co-owner of the Knight Riders team, Juhi Chawla, mentor Shiamak Davar and the show’s judge Sourav Ganguly. The Knights, Munish Parmar, Shatrunjay Gaikwad and Murali Kartik also feature on the show to cheer the angels on. Sourav dances to the tunes of the Knight Riders anthem while SRK teaches the angels the signature moves of the anthem. Its all so nauseating isn’t it?
Shah Rukh Khan threw in a little extra drama with this speech;
Today is an important day in my life. I am going to have six new additions to my family of Kolkata Knight Riders.A nationwide hunt which spread over three months unearthed these six special girls who will dance, sing and be part of the glory that will be ours. Knights and Angels is not a part of the marketing strategy for my cricket team. It is an extension of my belief in spreading the awareness of sports in India. Cheerleading is a big sport in America and cheerleaders have their own fan following. As the controversy hit our nation last year regarding this new sport, I decided to add respectability to a profession that can create great opportunities for the youth brigade. Cheerleading will add to their confidence and help them later to forge careers either in the media, showbiz or even pursue a different sport. And this means earning not just money, but also fame, with dignity. But just a word of caution, cheerleading cannot be used as a stepping stone. An education is still the most important thing for every individual. I think my Angels are really special. They have toiled hard to be where they are and my heart goes out to the six girls who did not make it. Love, Shah Rukh Khan.
(Are you tearing up yet?)