My dear friends,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this function specially organized for the purpose of honoring me on the occasion of my elevation to the position of 'world celebrity'.
A deeply thought comment, dripping with wisdom, on the advisabililty of spending Rs. 6000 on an order of butter chicken has been quoted in the Mint here and now in the Independent here
To put this into pespective, here are my words, along with famous quotes from competing writers
Shakespeare: To be, or not to be: that is the question.
John Keats: A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.
Narendra Shenoy : But is it worth 6,000 rupees? The answer, dear reader, is a resounding yes. Provided, of course, that it is somebody else's 6,000 rupees.
Eminem: You make me sick.
As you can see, I am right up there with the best. I am expecting to hear from Paris Hilton any moment now. Of course, my response will be measured, fitting of my stature as a world celebrity
"Mr Shenoy!" Ms. Hilton will gush "You are famous!"
"Oh, it's nothing, really" I will murmur in the muted response characteristic of the truly humble
"Nothing? Nothing? Your wise words have been quoted by world newspapers and you call that nothing? Oh, Mr. Shenoy, I am overcome by your unassuming ways. Please, make love to me right now."
And of course, I will decline respectfully, being a man of character.
The missus has taken a surprisingly dim view of these happenings.
"So someone copy pasted your wisecrack and you're a world celebrity? Give me a break!" she said.
I wisely refrained from telling her about the Paris Hilton thing. Women can never handle that kind of competition, even when it is hypothetical..
And anyway, even Shakespeare had to sufer this kind of stuff
'What kind of rot is this "Friends, Romans,Countrymen, lend me your ears" you've written here, Bill?' Anne Hathaway is reported to have said, 'Why can't you just say "Yo, listen up, y'all!" like the rest of us?'
Yeah, why not, Bill? Wives!