After the horrific Mumbai Blasts and the useless crap published by news papers about Mumbai’s resilience (such reporting makes mockery of the seriousness of such issues) and the super-intelligent security agencies have found apparently hundreds of clues all linking to known brands (come-on guys; don’t go to class after the school is over); I thought I would rather write about something lighter. And like that legendary Art Buchwald column after 9/11; let me plagiarize, “We Mumbaikars will laugh again”.
On the other hand, Amitabh Bacchan’s academic career has got a sudden upswing. He is about to get his 3rd phD by the end of this year. Everything about Bacchan comes in big bundles: like suddenly he was in all ads; suddenly he was on all movies; and now he is going to be on the phD roster of all universities. A friend asked, what for is the phD? I said I didn’t know. I checked up the newspapers and no one knew. May be even Big B doesn’t know what for he is getting the phD. But the new geek on the block has got more to come; he says about himself, “There has not been any concerted effort to follow or pursue academics. But here is a deep desire to do so. How and when, I just do not know.” Without doing anything, Big B got 3; soon the Nobel prize list may be filled with an Indian and we bongs, as always, would then like to say, “he also has a Kolkata connection.”