Aug 27, 2008

Immodesty is my middle name

At least a few of you who actually bother to visit my blog and to read it regularly (the last time I checked it was 11.64 persons on an average week) might remember that I hinted about something related to being a celebrity. I said I am a micro-celebrity, or better one in the making. And I did leave that clich├ęd teaser ‘Watch this space tomorrow!’ To only those sincere readers, here is why!

So, I’ve been commenting about Queer Azadi march in many forms of electronic media – GB forums, TOI pages, blogs and some celebrity blogs – to be more specifically, one celebrity blog – Shobhaa De’s blog. I commented on her post about Shabana Azmi and other stars (all who happen to be muslims) finding it hard to get an apartment because of their religion. I had said that I had found it extremely difficult for me and Vinokur to get one in Mumbai and I had to even bring R. along to convince that I was ‘normal’.

And then, I commented about her Queer Azadi post saying that I myself don’t prefer to be a drag. I would instead like to portray the image of a responsible young man who is demanding his human rights to love and to live with his love. Since I’m a frequent commentator on her blog, she has taken pains to chat with me about such topics when she gets time.

Kris hears muttering voices say ”Okay, okay! Big deal, you are getting to chat with a celebrity! Get to the point, dick!”

Day before yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail from our blogging friend Aham tell me that De has mentioned me in her column 'The Sexes'about the Queer Azadi march published in the Aug 31 edition of The Week magazine. I didn’t believe it first. So I had to confirm it with the horse’s mouth and I was surprised that it actually was about me. I went out and got a copy of the week to confirm my micro-celebrity status. I didn’t post it until now because I couldn’t have given the link to you guys as well. Here’s the link. And here’s the excerpt about me.
"I received emails galore from concerned gay friends who were worried they may have to face stepped-up hostility due to the weekend hoopla. One of them wrote how difficult it was to get a flat in Mumbai (his lover is a gora), till he produced a 'wife' (friendly female colleague). He preferred to lie low while members of his community bounced around in boas, puckered their lips and pouted inanities for the benefit of sensation-seeking journos. He said he felt sad, ashamed and embarrassed. Time to introspect before waving that seven- hued flag again, guys!"
Thank you De!

(Turns around and bows to an entire blog audience of 12.34 people per week.)

31 comments:

Rambunctious WhipperSnapper said...

You're on your way dude.
Pretty soon your band will be playing at ozfest. :P ...

Kris Bass said...

Laughs so hard at rambws that he falls into a fit/coma.

*(revived by a Jew God of his dreams)*

After spending a couple of hours in the ER, comes back home.

And starts laughing again...

Rambunctious WhipperSnapper said...

somethin i said?

Kris Bass said...

No honey, it was the usualy FlyGye12 statement about how much of a loser I am! By the way, are you interested in hooking up with someone?

Rambunctious WhipperSnapper said...

I wasn't saying anything like that.

You know what ozfest is, right?

And to answer your second question, yes??

Anonymous said...

Ohh celebrity Kris is on column, Great, soon we will see him on TV :P
Kris, you are trying to hook ramby with someone? All the best dude.

and what you are concerned is very true Kris. Here also many gays disguised in drag queens clothes roam around city hassling straight men. This has kind of helped in increase in homophobic people. (its my observation, i could be wrong too) and if anyone talks about gays, other directly relate with the kinds that roam at night.
Can't help.

Kris Bass said...

rambws: Ozzfest! Yes! Of course! And seriously, send me an e-mail. With your CV!

BK: Yeah, I'm going to be actually on TV! Soon! Watch out for TUBE SPACE!

Ghazal said...

Wah!

Now I can tell my mum I know tons of celebreties,

First Fly on tV and now you in the papers. YAY!

Anonymous said...

autograph plz :-)

thts quite something..really!
and chatting with a columnist of her stature is quite a deal!

Kris is all over the print media, electronic media, blogosphere! Hmmm…im beginning to feel threatened nw ;-)

Kris Bass said...

@ Ghazal: Tons of celebrities? I just weight somewhere close to 140 pounds honey! Fly is around that much too!

@ Swats: You really think so? Then you surely don't want to know what else is on the platter for me. LOLz!

Anonymous said...

OMG! SHOBHA DE!!!

THAT'S SO AWESOME KRIS! I'm BLOOdy jealous...
But I guess you deserved it for harassing her :P

Who is next then? Barkha ??!!

Anonymous said...

hey great work man. really happy for you... at least sum gain out of the daily de blog commenting..this is sooo cool!! DelH BOi

Kris Bass said...

@ Unsungpsalm: No need to be jealous. I mean at least now. ;)

@ Anonmyous: LOLz, do you think that I do that for that?

Reema said...

congrats!!! micro-celeb :P Shobha De, eh? :)

Anonymous said...

yawn, i hate it now that you're famous, what happened to the little indian in the big city, -----dh?

Kris Bass said...

@ Reema: Thank you! I'm the micr-celebrity actually! :P

@ Anonymous: Fuck Hines, I need you to stalk me!

flygye12 said...

i don't go out of the way to harass you ! and ramby wasn't even close sarcastic there ;)
i have that equation with scorpios...i don't know but i love to step on their tails :) heh heh heh...(hope swats not reading this)

Anonymous said...

Arrey wah darlin!

BTW check your email. Number in there.

A well wisher in NYC

Jiggy said...

"his lover is a gora"??? call me dumb or ill-informed, but I dint really get that part...

Anonymous said...

you don't need a stalker, you need lunch. I'm going to put lunch on my tab at Shesha for you under your name later today and then blog you when its done. just go and eat. I'll just put the lunch under you name, Kriss with the beard -dh

Prash said...

Thanks for linking to Shobha De's blog. I didn't know she was a blogger.

Though I couldn't agree on certain issues with her I always enjoyed and liked to read her column in The Week the same I like to read Farid Zakaria on International Politics from Newsweek.

Prash said...

You are certainly a popular blogger !

No doubts !

Anonymous said...

@ fly
you love steppin on tails of scorpions??? Ghrr...
I don't know abt Swats, but am reading this (another Scorpio!!)

here are many bichoos, one of them might sting you some day :D

Kris Bass said...

@ Prash: Yup, I disagree with her most of the times I guess. That's the reason why we ended up chatting. And thank you!

@ BK: FlyGye12 has seen his last good days. The scorp corps are going to get you!

If I get it straight you have a very, very astute minded, intelligent, clever scorpio leader in me. Vinokur will be the white wizard with his beard. Blogging Knight will be you knight with fighting abilties. And Swats will be one of our casual acquaintances. What say? ;) @ Swats

Anonymous said...

another scorps behind u sheepy..how dare ya...am gona sting ya!! yeee hahaha!!!...deLhBoi

Vee said...

Whoa!!! Your comment rocked her..:)

I wish to believe I fall in that percentage. Yea, agree that I miss it here and there but for that you to be blamed as you write so many that it can be missed.

Shobha is in my blog roll and I have been reading her too once in a while and indeed have seen the aforementioned comment in her post. I am just a silent reader as she doesn't respond to comments most of the times. But I see you there often.

Way to go bro!!!

Kris Bass said...

@ DelhiBOi: We should form the peace scorps and raid all others who step on our t(r)ails!

@ Oxy: I don't get the percentage thing that you are mentioning here. Oh you mean because I write comments prolifically. In a way, its strange that I almost always seems to have a point or two agains her posts. That's why I'm forced to.

Vee said...

the percentage of readers to ur blog. :)

Kris Bass said...

@ Oxy: Alright, makes sense now!

Solitaire said...

Hey awesome! Looks like you and her are beginning to contribute to change in Indian society...

What is your "wife" doing these days?

Kris Bass said...

She's in her final year residency! :)