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Witerati: Post-hug, the POTUS shrug and Priyanka tug

After the Baap of Hug, Tweeple got a taste of the Trump shrug and the Priyanka-Shah Rukh heart tug

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2018 14:33 IST
Chetna Keer
Chetna Keer
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
POTUS,Priyanka,Priyanka Chopra
Post months of professing a “mum’s the word” policy, as rumoured star couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas went public.(HT Photo)

In a post-hug Hindostan, the week veered more to things tug, shrug and “bear” hug.

Tweeple’s predicament after the Pashas of Parliamentary Theatrics embraced huglomacy had resembled that of startled cricket fans who’re left goggling and gaping when they gaze at gorgeous cheerleaders of Kings XI Punjab gyrating ‘n’ gravitating to go shake their booty in rival RCB or CSK camps.

Shaken and stirred slowly out of their stupor over the juxtaposition of political torsos with opposite leanings, Tweeple trudged beyond a post-hug Twitterverse, only to realise that the Baap of Bete Noire Hugs had overshadowed other ardent celebrity hugs for better or adverse.

Of Baap of Hugs and mum’s the word

Lesser hugs emanating from Glitterati that faced the fate of forsooth getting eclipsed by the Baap of Hugs came in sundry sorts of shapes, sizes and surprises. One type of hug that bore the brunt of bearing Tweeple’s shrug (off) in a Twitterverse gripped by tidings of the maha hug was the one exchanged in the “Nick” of time by a Bollywood birthday babe promenading in Hollywood.

Post months of professing a “mum’s the word” policy, as rumoured star couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas went public, not just about displays of affection but also about possible nuptial amalgamation, it became clear that the abhineta’s PDAs powered by hugs had not been in vain, but had merely been sidelined by the netas’ ‘Hugs of Hindostan’ refrain.

And when Bollywood King Khan Shah Rukh got teased about former rumoured lady love Piggy Chops proposing to tie the knot with a prince of Hollywood, SRK’s heartstrings may have tasted the tug, though by trilling that he too was getting knotty he did the ticklish tidings shrug.

This simply sounded a script of “Tugs of Hindostan”.

Of POTUS backfoot, post the wrong foot

Somewhere the season belonged to the hug, elsewhere to the presidential sort of shrug. Facing flak for his foreign faux pas following his Britain “trip”, Donald Trump, for a change was not putting his foot in the mouth or faltering on the wrong foot by overstepping royal protocol, rather he was treading the backfoot.

As the media gunned afresh for the American top gun for making the British Queen wait 15 minutes, the POTUS was seen showcasing the signature presidential shrug. Trump simply shrugged off the media’s “fake news” spate by insisting it was instead the Queen who made him wait.

Tweeple’s dilemma of who made whom wait scarcely showed signs that it would abate, for Trump’s theatrics resembled the rant of a schoolboy caught and chided by the tutor for legging it late into the classroom and who instead turns the tables to blame the teacher for trundling in early. As Trump theatrically staged his “15 minutes of blame”, it made more a script showcasing the ‘Shrugs of non-Hindostan’

Of Apple of the ‘I’ and ‘Bear’ hugs

Post-Hugistan, another hug that got eclipsed had more to do not with a presidential incumbent spouting stock replies, but to do simply with a surging stock. Post-bull runs, when Dalal Street recently got gripped by a “bear” hug, the only glad tidings emanated from Apple. Whilst our D-Street did sluggishly chug, the iPhone giant bullishly charged to become the first American company that did the $1 trillion-mark hug.

What an I-opener for our desi D-Street playing out a script of (Bear) Hugs of Hindostan!

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 23:09 IST