He personifies so self-assuredly, so brazenly, so happily, everything that is true about the contemporary
Here, in a thumbnail sketch, is his ideology:
1. Money buys everything, including fame and the power to dodge the clutches of the law, so nothing else is worth aiming for;
2. Use the money to live the high life of luxury yachts, private jets, fleets of
3. Use whatever your native animal cunning is best at manipulating to make and squander money – be it sports, politics, crime, IT, real estate, movies, healthcare, education or the stock market: it makes no difference at all.
4. When in trouble, be even more brazen than before, and chances are 1000 to 1 that you’ll be able to ride it out. And even if you can’t, what harm can a few
And – except when their stars are bad – these are the sort of ‘great’ men who will make
(If the reader is interested, I recommend her/him to a series of essays I wrote through September and October 2009 on this blog, titled Poor little rich thug, Ministers flying cattle class, Counterculture and Counterculture: postscript. The search bar will help you. It might strike you that in
P.S., May 05: Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri, sometime head of the department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, has this to say about the IPL mania and its social significance. Most readers are not going to like it!