K-not placeThe capital-As get engaged, putting end to a lot of speculation. According to these reports, the lambii-race-kaa-ghoDaa popped the question only recently, unlike earlier reports which already had them married off. So was he influenced by media reports? One does not know. Anyway, more practically, the news is going to help collections of Guru.
The news has also signed the death warrants of several acres of forestland, for the media is going to whip itself into a frenzy not seen since the days of old English public school punishments. In moments of rare sanity, I think Gandhiji retreated to Noakhali during the first Independence Day just to avoid the media frenzy of those times. I won't say more lest my blog get featured on TV channels and gets banned.
Coming to back in order to justify the "rants" label on this post, the Rediff article linked above has been atrociously composed. "It is believed that Abhishek proposed Aishwarya after the premiere of Guru in New York." goes an early line. It contains a phrase that Indian teenagers are very familiar with, namely, "A proposed B". I seem to be an mangy-haired unromantic puritan for thinking : should it not be "proposed to"? Isn't using "proposed" saying Abhishek put forth Aishwarya's name for something? Like for President of the BCCI, for instance. Did somebody "second" the affair? What's more romantic than getting the grammar right?
Or take the sentence "Abhishek and Aishwarya, also known as Abhiwarya ...". Really? Just like Manchester United FC are known as "Men in Black"? Only Rediff seems to (desperately want to) call them that.
Or to complete that sentence with a factual error: "... first acted together in the movie Kuch Na Kaho in 2003". Beep! Wrong answer. There was that number-alphabet soup called Dhai Akshar Prem Ke in 2000.
Ok, I've finished showing off. The Baby B had a close shave with a charismatic automobile earlier, while Ms. Rai has had at least one-and-a-half skirmishes with clean-shaves. Anyway, everyone deserves some good luck and cheers at such moments, so "besht luck" as we say in these parts. And watch out for the papas and the raspberries and gifts labelled Khan or Oberoi.
Update: Zero points to another incredibly silly Rediff article called What should Abhiwarya do? (Damn, I'm helping their PageRank.). I think you can apportion part of the blame to the commentors below on that page's message board who are actually offering their suggestions. I don't know what they should do, but Rediff should certainly leave 'em alone.