I have already written about how the Indian media tends to go overboard several times with useless stories. This time it’s gone to the extent that I have to actually bring my lazy self to blog about it.
All I’ve seen on news channels over the past two days is the Sania Mirza and Shoib Malik saga. It’s ridiculous how much coverage this non-affair is getting in the media. It’s a goddamn celebrity wedding. You can’t shut down everything else for that. Headlines Today has joined in the sensationalism. They say there are 11, that’s right, 11 versions to this story. Random dude saying “I am with Shoib” has become a ‘version’ of the story it seems.
Also “Love, Sania and Dhoka”??? as a name of a show? Seriously?
The funniest thing is the moving bar at the bottom of the screen flashed the following news items in succession while some idiot was explaining by Tarot card and then by Astrology what needs to be done to ‘fix’ this ‘situation’: “Blast near American Consulate in Pakistan”, “Earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale in Mexican state of Baja California” “ Naxals ambush and kill 70 jawans in Chattisgarh” , “Aditya Gadre discovers cure for cancer” ….okay not the last bit , but the rest are true.
Imagine. 70 jawans dying a pointless death gets a bottom-bar line, while Lakshmi-the-maid’s statement that she saw Ayesha Siddiqui and Shoib Malik in the same room gets full screen coverage.
How sad is that?
UPDATE: It turns out that the gangster , Raja came to surrender at the Police station in Hyderabad but the cops told him to come later as they had their hand full with this Sania saga. Can’t stop laughing since I read this in today’s paper.