With every celebrity letting it all hang out, the day isn't far when we scribes will be left jobless. While paparazzi journalism is still in its infancy in India, a day might come when, like in the West, we too will take to stalking celebs in order to keep our heads above the water.
Herschelle Gibbs is the latest in line of well-known faces who has decided to tell all before journalists were able to get to first base. He swung it right to the boundary with titillating tales about the romps he and his teammates had off the pitch. The diva of divulging has been Madonna who, on the grounds that she'd rather tell the world about her racy shenanigans, than some grubby scribe do so, wrote an aptly titled and highly graphic coffee-table book Sex, which left absolutely nothing to the imagination. Tennis champion Andre Agassi served up a few aces with his book Open in which he told us how much he hated tennis. Pop idol Ricky Martin is set to reveal all about his sexuality to uber scribe Oprah Winfrey.
Our Indian celebrities are still circumspect. Here and there, you may get a few tidbits about their private lives, but nothing on the candour scale seen in the West. Even Bollywood which should be a source for yellow journalism still sticks to the 'we are just friends' line though a couple may have been dating for donkey's years. Even old Tony Blair got a little saucy with a few revelations in his recent memoirs. We have yet to see our politicos going that way. But, if one fine
day our homegrown stars and beautiful people decide that they too will go the way of the West, we can only hope that they will do the kissing and we will do the telling. Else, we may be sitting around twiddling our thumbs hoping to get our fingers into other pies.