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"It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match'd with an ag├Ęd wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me."

Thursday, July 14, 2005


[I'm posting this just to while away time; as usual, I have nothing else to say]

A couple of days ago, there was an interview on NDTV Profit featuring some intellectual whose name they didn't care to display in those 5 minutes I watched. I think they were discussing about morality and such forgotten things. The only reason I watched it was that the caption said something about Gandhi. But this intellectual swept me off my feet by signing off with "The point is you must be good. And you shouldn't be ashamed about being good."

In The Godfather, Don Corleone tells Virgil Sollozzo, "How a man makes his living is not my concern." I am a great believer in dignity of labour (or how else can I respect myself?). However, what I am unable to stomach is how low people can stoop to earn money and fame. And they have the audacity to call it art!

Of course, I am talking about Mallika Sherawat - somehow, I can't keep away from the girls -;) She just manages to stay in the news for all the wrong reasons. I don't know if she is the person in the latest MMS (I swear I haven't seen it!) but who cares to defend a woman of such low morals?

Tamil, that beautiful language, has a not-so-nice word for expressing disapproval, dislike and shame at another's actions. The word is "chi" and it has no meaning, but is used occasionally in the above scenarios.

So, here's to Mallika, a big CHI.


Anonymous Nikhil said...

This one has hypocrisy written all over it. You talk of dignity of labor, and in the same breath deride acting. You seem to place her lesser than a whore.

7/14/2005 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Vijay Krishna said...

The comparison is unwarranted. I never said anything about the world's oldest profession. In any case, they don't claim it to be an art, rite?

Also, I never said anything about the acting profession. If people wanted to be amoral, then let them be that way - why say, I'm doing this so that I can bring Indian cinema to the world. Thanks, ma'm, we can do without you.

7/15/2005 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Nikhil said...


Why should we tie morality with anything? Plus if the addition of the term "art" pushes Mallika down the moral ladder, what kind of morality are you talking about?

7/15/2005 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Vijay Krishna said...

I don't want to be drawn into a debate on morality. It is left to each one to decide what his set of values are, and what the breaking point for each is -;)

7/15/2005 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Soumyadip said...

In Bengali to the word 'chi' exists (I believe it does in numerous other Indian languages too) and it conveys a meaning which you can relate to Ms. MS

7/18/2005 04:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Sudipto said...

Easy, isn't it? To mock at people in the public domain? To espouse morality selectively to praise those we like and to deride those we hate? Or is are they people we dream about, and only that? Because our own prejudices and fear of society compels us to lead a life we aren't content with?

7/23/2005 09:05:00 PM  

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