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Indian Celebrities & Twitter

Pushkar Sane Thursday, 12th August, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , Observations No comments

Being on Twitter is the latest status symbol amongst Indian Celebrities and tweeting is the latest pass time. Some 200 odd Actors, Directors, Singers, Politicians, Cricketers, Business Tycoons and Journalists are now on Twitter. Wannabe celebrities are also following them. I do follow some of them (after dumping many) and find most of them are quite superficial. Here is how they tweet-

  • Specifically for Bollywood celebs – wake up and say Good Morning – usually it is at noon time in India and most people are busy tackling their daily challenges. Say Good Night when it is time to wake up. I understand Bollywood works odd hours but why subject poor fans with your erratic habits.
  • They don’t like brevity and  think Twitter founders made a big mistake by restricting tweets to 140 characters. As a results they send series of Tweets causing a Tsunami on the Twitter pages of their followers.
  • They follow very limited number of people (average 30-40) – it clearly indicates that it is a broadcasting medium rather than something that they learn from. Very happy to respond to fans who go ga-ga about them but ignore (or get irritated with) Tweeple who present a counter-point-of-view. And mind you they all boast about open dialogue, freedom of speech etc etc. – specifically the celeb journalists.
  • Most frequently abused three words are ‘Love you all’. It irritates me because it is such a fake and superficial statement. I’m yet to see any one of them coming out and demonstrating love for their fans.

I think Twitter has become the new page 3 for most of these publicity hungry celebs. There are exceptions and I do find some of them to be genuine- at least they speak their mind and respond - specifically speaking Anand Mahindra, Vir Sanghvi, Shreya Ghosal, and Abhishek Bachchan.

Bergen Experience

Pushkar Sane Monday, 13th July, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , Life, Observations, Travel No comments

Bergen is a small city with a big tourist information center and quite a few Indian restaurants (compared to other european cities – and being Indians we found it to be very interesting). Having said that we loved our time in Bergen with some really beautiful weather (including a nice sunset) on one of the days. We saw glimpses of Amsterdam in Bergen – specifically around the harbour front. View from Mt. Floyen was great and the hikes around it were great.

What we found really interesting was the Stave Church hidden away from the city center. That’s the original form of Norwegian churches and it ressembled so much like a buddhist or chinese temple. Made us wonder whether they were just converted to christianity 1000 odd years ago.

Being a vegetarian food for me was largely Italian (and I do thank Italians for internationalizing their food) but my wife did enjoy some really good local fish.