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The relationship between Celebrities and drugs is one that has lasted long and seems like it will continue to do so in the future also. The recent victim of this indomitable bond between the two has been the British jazz singer “Amy Winehouse”. She was found dead in her North London home. She was just 27 years old. The cause of her death still remains unexplained but many believe she died because of a drug overdose. She had been a drug addict for a long time and also went to a rehab.

Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell. These are just a few select names in the long list of celebrities who have suffered from this menace of drug addiction. Some of them have recovered from this problem, others continue to suffer.  How can the King of Pop, Late Michael Jackson be left far behind when it comes to drugs? He was another one who was a big time drug addict and many claim that this was the main reason behind his deteriorating health and fading career.  Careers have been made and then destroyed into pieces, once these people have been exposed to drugs This problem seems to be highly infectious, moving on from people to people, friends to friends.  It is well known that it was Amy’s husband who first introduced her to drugs. And the rest is history now.

If the West is battling with this menace for so long, how can the East and especially the Indian industry be left far behind.  The movie “Fashion” highlighted the extent to which the Fashion fraternity is exposed to drugs. The role played by Kangana Ranaut is based on the real life story of Geetanjali Nagpal, who was once a super model. A few years back Geetanjali was found wandering on the streets of Delhi, begging for food and money.  She was mentally disturbed and suffering from this menace of drug addiction.  Raj Kiran, the man who played the role of Monty in Karz, was recently in news. He was found out to be in the U.S, in a mental hospital struggling to recover from drug addiction.

These celebrities have a huge fan following and whatever they do becomes a fashion and is followed passionately by their fans. They are famous and extremely under pressure, nothings a secret.  Even if they fall down the stairs, somehow it’s in the paper next day.  They are an inspiration to everyone else, especially the youth. Soon they forget this thing and end up partying hard and taking alcohol and drugs. What messages is the youth taking away from all of this? After all, we see these celebrities as our role models. And now that we are immersed in the 24/7media world at younger and younger ages, the effect of a role model going wrong is going to magnify exponentially. They have become bad role models for the youth, especially kids at a small age. Everywhere kids turn; they see images and hear reports about their idols. And they’re often left alone to make sense of it all.

We love them a lot but no one actually wants to follow their lifestyle because they know that there is a dark world out there.  What these celebrities need to realize is that they have a huge moral and ethical responsibility on their shoulders. They should never forget that they live and do things not only for themselves but also for their fans around the world. . Heroes have a way of falling, but in today’s world they fall faster, and no detail is spared. God save their kingdom now.


13 july 2011, yet another black day that has been registered in Mumbai’s never ending tale of miserable events.  A day that shook the whole nation and we found ourselves in tears once again. The serial blasts in Zaveri bazaar, Dadar and Opera house in Mumbai have once again raised serious questions about our safety and security, questions that remain unanswered.

I recently read an article in the Times Of India which stated, “Little fuel for patrol boats”. Maharashtra government had procured seven high-speed craft boats to protect the coastlines in wake of 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Those boats are lying unused because the government doesn’t have enough fuel to run them nor trained personnel to operate them.LOL. It seems like even the government has been affected by the hike in fuel prices, just as the common man has. No lessons have been learnt from the mistakes in the past. The coastal security ring around Maharashtra continues to be porous. Lets be prepared for another 26/11 like attack that tore apart Mumbai into pieces.

What shocks and amazes me the most is the round of political statements that follow after such attacks. The recent serial blasts have soon turned out into a political slugfest. BJP calls it an intelligence as well as a policy failure on the part of the Congress. Congress reciprocates by linking RSS with these attacks. Our callous and insensitive ministers are least bothered about those innocent men and women who died in these attacks. The only thing they are bothered about is pointing fingers at each other and then defending their silly actions. Rahul Gandhi even went on to say that we should be ready to face one or two attacks every year. These attacks are bound to happen and the government can’t do anything to stop them. What he meant was that just like we have accepted corruption in our day to day life and live with it. Similarly, terrorism should also be imbibed by us in our souls. Mr. Gandhi! What kind of a justification is this??

In the wake of 26/11 Mumbai attacks three years back, Maharashtra government had also promised to turn Mumbai into a fully secured and protected city with CCTVs being installed everywhere in the city. What finally came out was a complete eye wash. Most of the major areas in Mumbai still don’t have any CCTV cameras. And those areas which have CCTVs installed, the cameras are either in bad condition due to lack of maintenance or are not working. This thing can happen only in India. The most irresponsible statement came from the chief minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan. Rather than accepting his government’s failure and mistake, he puts the onus directly on the red tape processes that exist in India. He said that the complex red tape process prevalent in India is preventing his police men to buy crucial security equipments like CCTVs.  Politicians will come and go and so will these attacks. The only thing that will be left in our heart and mind is the indelible mark of these attacks and a slim hope to see a better India in future.


As soon I saw the promos of this new TV show “shaadi 3 crore ki “,I knew NDTV Imagine is back with a bang with all the masalas and tadkas. 🙂

After Rakhi sawant’s and Rahul mahajan’s swayamvar,It’s the turn of Sheenu and Ishu to get tied in a knot on national television. Which channel other than NDTV Imagine has the guts and the experience to air such shows. Seems like NDTV Imagine is turning out to be a marriage bureau. .The previous two shows Rakhi sawant and Rahul mahajan ka swayamvar,,though highly controversial were extremely popular among the masses and took the channel’s TRP to a new high. They are back with their new business venture,”shaadi 3 crore ki” which they feel will raise their TRP’s once again. I call this as a business venture because it’s a game of the TRP’s.Invest 3 crores in a show and get much more than that in return.

This show replaces the show “Zor ka jhatka” and what a replacement it is turning out to be and,it is giving the TRP’s a “Zor ka jhatka” with the immense popularity it is gaining. Choosing a middle class punjabi family is just been the icing on the cake that the channel had desired for. They straightaway knew it’s going to be a huge hit among the audience. Though the two families involved are from middle class, still a big fat Indian wedding it is surely going to be.

Now lets turn our focus on the protagonists. Guy’s name is Inderpal(aka Ishu) and girl’s name is Jasmeet(aka sheenu).What a dream come true it is going to be for them. They are marrying on national television in such a lavish way with millions of viewers watching them. Now how is everything else going on!!The amount of 3 crores has been divided in two equal halves, 1.5 crores each for both the families. The budget has been divided in a systematic way with each section like jewellary, clothes, dance, and arrangements being given its appropriate share.

What the channel is trying to do is to turn it into a bollywood masala movie having its share of masala moments. The two families are shopping in big malls and shops where they wouldn’t have been before..

The whole matter is spicing up with the bride and groom’s relatives and family members indulging in heated arguments while trying to divide the amount equally among all the members.

This marriage of Sheenu and Ishu has certainly raised a serious issue. Is this whole wedding a glam or a sham!?The people have to decide. Channel walla’s can go up to any extent to raise the TRP’s and make their show a huge success. Everything here is scripted..Yeh television ki duniya hai 🙂 , yahan kuch bhe ho sakta hai!!

What happened at the sagan ceremony is not hidden from anyone. Artificial rain was used just to spice up things and it was presented in such a way as if it actually took place. Rain played spoil sport to the function that was planned to take place in a lawn and it ended up taking place indoors. What I am trying to point out is that everything is scripted and planned by the director and the script writer .A bollywood type filmy romance is being created where the soon to be married couple are exchanging romantic messages.Everything that is being shown is far from real.

So much wastage of money just for the purpose of raising TRP’s. There is open display of Dowry. The girl’s family has been assigned a fixed budget to spend on clothes and jewellery that they need to give to the boy’s family as dowry and same is the case with the boy’s family. This amount of 3 crores could have easily been spent on poor people’s marriage. One shaadi in 3 crores could have easily been 100 poor couples shaadi’s in 3 crores. People spend time and work hard to earn money but here free money is being earned with no hard work except for the fake fame.

The viewer chooses programmes, not channels. Or else NDTV Imagine, not among the top rankers, would never have attracted the viewership it did for Rakhi Ka Swayamvar .  I don’t know why that the people of India are blessing channels with TRP’s for a lifetime. Though the show may be highly engrossing and intriguing, but let us ask ourselves that what exactly is it trying to promote? It’s just that every Channel today has adopted the slogan “Entertainment ke liyae kuch bhe karaega.Shaadi 3 crore ki kya,10 crore ki bhe karaega.”

Lets see how the whole thing actually unfolds!!So what’s next in store for us?Shaadi 10 crore ki(Audi milaegee 🙂 ya shaadi 20 crore ki(ferrari milaegee. 🙂

“A society’s well being demands women being where they belong.”Is this quote even one percent true!!Well,I don’t think so.

I recently read an article in the newspaper where in an Indigo Flight got delayed by 2 hours  because a well educated middle aged man created ruckus over the fact that the pilot was a women!!lol.That was  something quite laughable. :-).If the educated are doing such things,what can we expect from the uneducated??

As soon as that man heard the announcements,he realized that the pilot was actually a women and he started to panic.He kept on reiterating the fact that women are only meant for household purposes,they should cook food and look after the children and domestic needs,rather than flying a plane.What kind of a shallow thinking is this?

The point I am trying to make is that at the first place,Whom have we given a right to decide where does a women actually belong?!!Is it the society?or the girl’s family?or the girl herself!!

We as a society are still riding on those old traditions and customs that have for ages kept the woman behind the curtains,under the bars.,locked inside the household darkness.Even in today’s globalised and modern society,a girl has no right to choose anything.It’s the family and the society which puts undue restrictions on her..

A girl can’t take decisions by herself whereas a guy very well can!!A girl isn’t allowed to choose a career of her choice whereas a guy can!!People have this peculiar habit of forming a preconceived opinion about anything and everything.Why can’t a girl today work in a call center or even fly a plane?Why can’t a women serve the nation by joining  the armed forces.Why is it that  she’s either told to do household work or she’s forced into so called safe occupations like teaching or banking etc.Doesn’t she have a right to live the way she feels like?

Today, we find ourselves in a hypocritical society where we do not follow what we preach!!As a nation,we proclaim to be among the top in the world but are we really among the top?Financially and economically,Yes!!we may be..but socially we are still very backward.Still,there is discrimination at a large scale on the basis of gender.We top the list in the number of cases of female foeticides.This male chauvinism has to end.

If Indira Nooyi’s parents hadn’t allowed her to follow her dreams,her desire;then today she probably wouldn’t have been right there at the top as the CEO of PepsiCo.If Saina Nehwal’s parents hadn’t allowed her to follow her passion and become a Badminton player,she wouldn’t have made India proud as much she has today.

Attitudes and mind sets have to change.Only then will this world change.!!

Happy woman’s day. :-)..Lets change this world.

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