Is it when the city that never sleeps is submerged in water after being lashed with rains even Cherrapunji (once the wettest place in the world) cannot emulate?
Is it when more than 650 (and counting) people die?
Nope. Crisis is when you go to the loo, in need for a desperate dump and find that there is no TOIlet paper anywhere in the house.
In other words, crisis is defined as the day you do not get your Times of India…..your daily fix of July babes, celebrity shenanigans, call girls in Delhi, wife-swapping in Calcutta, and some other miscellaneous tit-bits of news.
Yes Times of India—the most read English daily in India.
Crisis is also defined as the day the high-and-mighty need to walk.
Crisis is when people show what they are made of. Courage in adversity.
I am talking about real bravery.
I am talking about Rani Mukherjee who went out of her way to offer her trailer to her hairdresser’s helpers so that they could rest. And that too despite her traumatic experience.
Mukerji was caught in the torrential rain that hit Mumbai. “It was traumatic. I couldn’t do anything except sit and wait,”she says.
And she had to survive along with John Abraham on Parle G, biscuits and chai and I think to myself–depredations wrought by nature are indeed unimaginable.
I am talking about Bipasha Basu who was unable to locate her John ( if only she could read Indian Express, she would have known that he was having Parle G with Rani).
There’s no electricity in my house since last night. No drinking water, or toilet water either.
Bipasha without toilet water. A stinking crisis if there ever was one.
However I have to question Bipasha’s promotion skills—–she should have mentioned that her next release is going to be a movie called “Barsaat” which will make rain sexy once again.
I am talking about Kareena Kapoor who despite being in Bangkok tried so hard to use her mobile phone to get in touch with everyone. Which meant that it was not being used to record her French kissing Shahid Kapur. Now that’s courage.
I am talking about Monisha Koirala who was glad she was not outdoors and did Mumbai the greatest possible service by not walking outside into the submerged town. Because considering Archimedes Principle, the volume of water she would have displaced could have caused a Tsunami and then we would be looking at 65,000 dead and not 650.
Think about the lives she saved.
I am talking about Celina Jaitley’s puppy dog.
I was about to go to town for some work, somehow, thanks to my puppy dog – who started crying – I had to stay back. I called in the vet to come and check in on my puppy, and in half hour I heard Mumbai was submerged. I just got saved!
Dan Rather, the legendary CBS newscaster used to have a sign-off phrase—“Courage”.
We saw a lot of it these past few days coming from the Mumbaikars who really matter—-celebrities.