|Shahid's wedding reception|
Photo sent by my student
When a former student of mine who is now a journalist sent me a photo of Shahid Kapoor and his wife with a lady who was my boss for a brief (and worthy of being forgotten) period of my life, what struck me was a necklace. “That’s the religious asceticism they preached to us,” I wrote in my response to my student.
I was aware of the glaring contradictions between the preaching and the practice of the religious cult to which the lady belonged. In fact, I was one of the many victims of that barefaced disparity. But what was Shahid Kapoor doing with her or she with him? I googled and got the answer. Google is a far greater miracle than any Satsang Guru!
Shahid Kapoor is a devotee of the cult to which my former boss belonged. In fact, his marriage was apparently arranged by the Guru. India Today reported last month that the thespian had not yet named their child because the globe-trotting multi-billionaire Guru was not yet available for the ceremony. The Times of India tells us now that Shahid has signed for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati on the advice of the Baba, the boss of my former boss.
I now understand why my colleagues’ struggles for justice against this Baba and his people were destined to be futile. Religious Satsangs have too many alliances for the ordinary mortals to understand, let alone handle.