Apropos of absolutely nothing at all, it seems that Malavika Sangghvi believes that her column (or rather, gross abuse of newspace) 'Spectator' on the last page of DNA is humorous and insightful.
Apropos of absolutely nothing at all, I would like to quote on record that by starting every fresh paragraph with the words 'Apropos of absolutely nothing at all' in today's column, Ms Sangghvi has proved herself to be a writer of extremely limited skills at her disposal and even scarcer good ideas to hold a ghastly column together.
Apropos of absolutely nothing at all (I told you it's bugging if you keep repeating it) let me also establish that Ms Sangghvi needs to maybe skim her own paper if she needs ideas to write on. Take a cue from the page 2 debate on slum tours. A subject like that would have been right up her street.
Apropos of absolutely nothing at all (hmph, if she does it you read it, if I do it, you take umbrage), I am going to write to DNA and ask them to give Ms Sangghvi a weblog ID where she can happily put down her random thoughts. The idea of blogging on newsprint has not caught on in Indian media circles. Hopefully, with the likes of such columnists around, the idea never will.
Apropos of absolutely nothing at all (I used the Cntrl C + Cntrl V option to print out 'Apropos of absolutely nothing at all' for the nth time. I suppose Malavika did it too) Ms Sangghvi also uses her column to plant plugs ('...[Cntrl C+ Cntrl V] I would like to say that altruism is alive and kicking in Mumbai...just spend a day with Vandana Gupta and her V-Care organisation that looks after cancer patients'), she tries to make her column topical ([Cntrl C + Cntrl V]...the phrase 'laughing all the way to the bank' has never been more apt than when it's been used in reference to Shilpa Shetty) and she attempts comedy as well ([Cntrl C + Cntrl V] I would like to say that more than couples themselves, all of India is preparing itself for the Bachchan-Rai and Hurley-Nair big fat Indian weddings).
Apropos of absolutely nothing at all I would like to kindly put it to Ms Sangghvi that her efforts at comedy, humility and knowing what makes news, fail parlously. And for a simple reason: a columnist who starts a column with a comment on cocktail parties is only catering to a certain section of the readership, not the rest of us non-wine drinkers who do not discuss Hillary Clinton and Barach Hussein in Obama.
Apropos of absolutely nothing at all, let me say thanks to Ms Sangghvi for allowing me the liberty to skip all of page 18 of DNA (where this column and a rather boring story on skin cancer occupied pride of place) and move on to other, not interesting but equally entertaining items of news.
And apropos of absolutely nothing at all, let me add that generally all of Ms Sangghvi's Spectator ramblings are good stuff to read if you're not already nursing a migraine (like I am now) and if you're planning to hit the sack early and need a push in the right direction. Cntrl C + Cntrl V, Sweet dreams and toodle-oo.