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When fasting turns funny

entertainment Updated: Dec 12, 2009 18:41 IST
Damini Purkayastha

No, Hungary was not the first state to be formed by fasting,” tweets Arby_K. Ever since Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader KC Rao’s 11-day fast won him something close to an assurance of a new Telangana state from the Central government, “fasting” has become the buzzword online. From status messages on social networking sites, to tweets and SMSes — fasting is the butt of a thousand jokes.

Aditya Mohan’s Facebook status says, “Would love to go on a hunger strike to get whatever I want, but probably wouldn’t last an hour.” According to Tiksha Kaul, the crown-winning answer for the Miss Universe pageant will now be, “The most effective means to achieve world peace: fasting.” Fasting is being hailed as the bargaining tool of the century.

If Aatif Sumar says he plans to fast until Nokia launches a phone with Xenon Flash, Varsha writes, “Give me my own state! What? No? That’s it! I shall not eat!” Ekta says, “lets all of us just start fasting for our own state..every Indian’s own state!! doesn’t it sound great..we can also name it whatever we want!”

If statehood isn’t your agenda, there’re other silver linings. “With lots of people fasting around India...food wastage is in control for sure,” says prasadsampat.

“I’m going on a hunger strike. At best I’ll become the Chief Minister...at worst I’ll lose a few Kgs...win win situation,” says Rajni Shekhawat.