Monday, September 3, 2012

‘Corporate Carnival’ by P. G. Bhaskar

Celebrity passengers

"It was Friday and I could only apply for my South African visa early the following week. So when I got a call from Kitch asking if I could spend a day or two with him in Chennai, I jumped at the offer. He wanted me and a few other friends to be mystery diners at his three restaurants – Kitcha Hut, Kitcha Inn and Kitcha Corner. I was quite excited about indulging in this rather novel experience. The idea was to act like a regular customer and use the opportunity to observe how well or badly the system functioned, something the owner himself might not know since employees tend to behave differently in the presence of their employer. Mina was still in Kenya. She would fly down directly to South Africa from Nairobi.'

"On the flight to Chennai, I noticed the airhostess paying particular attention to a passenger sitting on my right. I took a closer look. It was Shankar Mahadevan! I started. What a coincidence! It was just a few days ago that my client told me he had signed him up for a film and now here he was. I was a fan of Shankar's and was glad to have a chance to tell him that. The last time I was with a celebrity on a flight was when Katrina Kaif sat next to me on a flight from London. At that time, while every cell in my body urged me to strike up a smart conversation with her, I couldn't for the life of me think of anything to say. I didn't want to tell her I was her fan, because I had seen all of one film of hers. Once, I did think of something to say but when I turned and saw her long legs, my mind went blank. So, I spent the entire journey discreetly eyeing her, but not exchanging a single word. On another occasion, I found myself just behind Amitabh Bachchan as we were walking out of the aircraft. As I walked towards the luggage area, I thought of a few bright things to say to him, including a point about Abhishek's acting in Guru. But he never came to the luggage area. It was only then that I realised that the luggage of superstars is probably handled separately."

(pp. 113-4, 'Corporate Carnival' by P. G. Bhaskar – Harper)

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