Rickshaw Roadrage Takes Over The City, SCLR Gives Mumbaikars A Giant KLPD, And Vivek Oberoi Gets A Job in Mumbai This Week

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Hey Mumbai Mag-sters! So social media has been bombarded with pictures of people’s index fingers since yesterday. Ok OK, I get it, you voted! That’s great, but do we have to see a close-up shot of your hangnail? I don’t think so.

In other news, here’s what went down in B-town this week.

Rickshaw road rage starts to take over the city

Road rage in Mumbai city comes in different ways, shapes and forms. This time, it has reared its ugly head in the form of this douchebag.

Haider Ali Abbas Ali Mobin
Haider Ali Abbas Ali Mobin, Image Courtesy – Mid-day.com

Meet Haider Ali Abbas Ali Mobin, a rickshaw driver from Goregaon West who thought it was a great idea to firstly letch at actress Monaz Mevavala blatantly at a signal and obstruct her path when she tried to overtake him in her car. When she retaliated, he got out of his rickshaw, approached her car and started banging on it with his fists. He even yanked out her windscreen wipers and stopped only when he realised that she was filming him on his mobile phone.

What is interesting to note is that the incident took place in broad daylight, at 1.30pm to be precise, at SV Road, where it’s difficult to swing a cat, no matter how hard you try. And yet, no one intervened or offered to help. Well done, Mumbai. The last thing anyone needs to do, is to get involved, right? That would mean actually growing a pair.

There have been so many similar situations that I, myself have been in, where people will stand around and watch intently, but will do absolutely nothing. The unfortunate truth is that our sense of voyeurism seems to trump our sense of responsibility. We’d rather watch from the rafters and tell stories, than have the gumption and testicular fortitude to stand up for what’s right. If you don’t believe me, try this exercise. Go to a crowded train station with a friend and pretend to get into a fist fight with each other. See how many people will intervene to break it up, and how many will just stand there, some with their mobile phones on video mode, capturing all the ‘action’.

Luckily for Mevavala, as in most instances these days, social media came to her rescue, and after loads of buzz on Twitter and Facebook, the reckless rickshaw driver was apprehended. All’s well that ends well? Nope, not likely. Not unless each and every one of us decides to take a stand to not just view, but also, to act.

Harmless Sharing of Views or Subliminal Propaganda – You Decide

 

Alok Nath Memes
Alok Nath Memes, Image courtesy – firstpost.in

Father Frazer Mascarenhas, Principal of St Xavier’s College, one of the city’s most prolific colleges sent out an email to his students and even posted on the college website, containing his ‘views’ on Narendra Modi’s ‘Gujarat Model’ of development. 

In the email, Mascarenahs said “All the Human Development Index indicators and the cultural polarization of the population show that Gujarat has had a terrible experience in the last 10 years.” He also he urges his students not to support leaders who are a threat to secular fabric of India.

From what I’ve been reading on social media, there has been a major divide on whether what Mascarenhas did was right or not. Some people think he was totally justified in sharing his views, while others opine that he has no right to share such views on a public forum.

In my opinion, someone in Father Mascarenhas’ social standing should not be influencing impressionable students with his own political views. He has every right to have a strong political opinion, but should have kept it to himself. A man in a position of authority, such as he, has no business putting that up on a public forum, let alone send it as an email to his students. You may argue about freedom of speech, and yes, Father Mascarenhas is entitled to his. But as a principal, he has a responsibility towards his students, and that responsibility begins from being impartial and unprejudiced in everything, including his political stance.

But then again, if you were an ex-Xavierite like me, having studied from the college’s post-graduate Journalism course, you would know that Xaviers has a very strong political belief system, which they aren’t willing to compromise on and you will hear about it, whether you like it or not. As students, we were ‘familiarized’ with that belief system on one too many occasions.

Father Mascarenhas argues that he was only being encouraging his students to vote and was throwing light on a model which is currently being discussed in every media. When I was studying in Xaviers, this ‘light’ was constantly being thrown in one particular direction, quite often ignoring the other. The college would like to believe that they are politically impartial, but the truth is out there for everyone to see. And Father Frazer Mascarenhas has just illustrated my point.

Itna Paisa Mein Itnaich Milega

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) BK Upadhyay says that he’s got 99 problems, and the bottleneck at Mohammed Raza Chowk, where traffic from the Bandra-Kurla Complex road and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road merge, is definitely one.

According to Upadhyay, most of the “seven problems that are hampering traffic flow on the Santacruz Chembur Link Road can be resolved with can be resolved with measures such as road-widening and new traffic signals, but the eighth problem area could defy resolution.”

So don’t pop the bubbly just yet, folks. Getting from Santa Cruz to Chembur won’t be as quick as using the Floo Network, like you earlier thought. Once you hit Mohammed Raza Chowk, you can turn up the AC in your car, put on some Sade, get out the book you are reading and your tiffin box filled with munchies, because you’re going to be there for a loooonnnggg time. If you’re in a rickshaw, you’re pretty much screwed.

Someone Gave Vivek Oberoi A Job

In 2013, Vivek Oberoi played the desi-version of X-Men’s Magneto in Krrish 3 and also went on to compare himself to Heath Ledger in the process. As with anything that comes out of Vivek Oberoi’s mouth, this too was chuckled at and people started to hammer the final nail into the coffin that contained his acting career.

But then, someone at Sony Pictures probably heard Vivek’s drunken karaoke to Abba’s ‘Take a Chance On Me’, and hire him to lend his voice to Electro, the bad guy, in the dubbed Hindi version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

According to Vivek, “the call from Sony Pictures was like a bolt from the blue.”

Haila!
Haila!, Image Courtesy – firstpost.com

This is Vivek Oberoi getting the ‘bolt-from-the-blue’ call.

One word to sum up this story – meh. Anyway, everyone thought that Viveok Oberoi would eventually have to throw in the acting towel and resort to professions like these:

Juan
Juan, Image Courtesy – http://2.bp.blogspot.com/

Pool boy

Raackaan!
Raackaan!, Image Courtesy – bollywoodgo.net

Aspiring rockstar

Kermit the Hermit
Kermit the Hermit, Image Courtesy – http://latestnewspics.blogspot.in/

Puppet master

Ramu, gaadi mein daalo
Ramu, gaadi mein daalo, Image Courtesy – bollywoodgo.net

Personal shopper

I might have to wait one more gig before I can use Vivek Oberoi as my personal shopper. Cool beans, I can wait.

So that’s about it from the most original pieces of news from Mumbai this week. Check back in next week for more madness and mayhem. And if you don’t have anything planned for next Wednesday night, and want to enjoy a bit of nostalgia from back in the day, when the word ‘clubbing’ was synonymous with Mumbai’s most famous disco ‘Fire N Ice’, then head to Tote on the Turf in Mahalaxmi for a mega reunion called the ‘FNI gathering’, where you will relive old memories, party with the cool kids from the old days, and shake your booty to some vintage tracks. I’ll be there for sure, so come say hi! Event details here.

 

 

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Amanda Ferrao

Amanda Ferrao
Escaped the big bad world of advertising after being held hostage for 10 years. Consecutively developed Stockholm Syndrome and guiltily tries to justify its awesomeness. Sarcasm-enthusiast. Recovering online shopping addict. Self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. Will write for shoes.