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The Internet can bring instant fame, and no editorial checks in the way!

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“ I grew with sounds of celebration in my ears
The temple bells, the aazaan’s call to prayer.
Or were these expressions of human fears
Of oblivion and knowing there’s nothing there?”
From The Precarious Acts of Balan Singh by Bachchoo

Pity the poor planet, all modesty gone from this sweet volcanic cone. The blog, the selfie, the ubiquitous, absorbing phone….. (Gosh, my poetic talents emerge in this decrepit age — fd. Get on with it! -Ed.)

My versification, gentle reader was prompted by the adjectives-fail-me-fact that Iain Duncan Smith, the former minister for welfare in the British government, has posted a selfie which depicts him donating a packet of dried pasta to a food bank. This fellow, popularly known as IDS, was responsible for the Tory “reform” of Welfare, which has resulted in swathes of the British population not having enough food to eat and resorting for survival to these food banks run through charitable donations. The hutzpah, the shame!

Several other Conservative MPs, oblivious to the irony of their self-regarding charitableness, have tweeted pictures of themselves donating cans of beans or whatever to the Christmas collections of their local food banks. Season of publicising your vanity!

Or perhaps the technological advances of the last two decades have made the season perennial. On any underground train in London you see the majority of passengers either applying their eye shadow or face-paint looking into their hand-mirrors and........

© The Asian Age