Like love, it is difficult to define wannabeness. You just know when you see it. Like when beefcake Akashdeep Saigal, of Big Boss, insists that he be called SkyWalkR. Like when Sreesanth speaks with an accent on Love2HateU but another, the real one, comes out from time to time, like a torn Lux baniyaan strap peeping out from behind that Louis Vuitton.
This brainless, thoughtless me-too-ness with aspersions of coolness—-ooh the humanity.
Yes I know I am sounding like one of those old men who sit on park benches and rail against the world.
I understand that perhaps wearing trousers in place of dhotis was considered wannabeness once upon a time.
I also remember that when I was in high school, the legendary Anjan-Babu of South Point High School made me rap in the staff-room, dubbing me “The Baba” because I had publicly announced my admiration for Baba Sehgal, something considered then to be the height of wannabeness.
And finally I consider myself a progressive person who understands the inevitability of the proverbial generation gap.
But despite it all, some things, some things, just still keep grating away at me like nails on chalk.
So here they are—the wannabe, most infuriating trends of the year. Agree with me. Or I will poke you in the eye with my Mahendra Lal Dutt black umbrella.
Cause you are in my corner of the park.
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