Friday, June 4, 2010

Crazy Italian looking for an Indian Bride...

If this is sounding crazy, it is!! Swatantra Sarjano is as Italian as pasta or pizza or parmesan. He runs a charming Italian restaurant in Goa, and is an ex-Oshoite from Pune. I have had one of his cook books published by Penguin ( he drove the entire office nuts) , and have been in touch with him over twenty years. I am willingly acting like his marriage broker and\or mother-in-law. The poor guy is desperately lonely and has always wanted an Indian wife - preferably someone simple. His requirements are few - he says he has a lot of love to give - and asks for little in return ( but that's his version!). The guy is 63 years old - energetic, vibrant and charming. He expects his wife to keep up with him ( daunting!) and be a lively companion. He writes, sings, takes great pictures - and cooks, of course.
Please don't route your proposals through me. I have done my good deed for the day. He can be reached via email : swsarjano@hotmail.com. I take zero responsibility for whatever may happen . Good luck!!
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I'll be watching 'RAJNEETI' on sunday - my verdict after that. Since I never ever read reviews ( most are bogus, biased and boring ), I prefer to form my own opinions. Last night I was on a panel discussion (' Headlines Today' ), during which the subject of indirect censorship was raised. This was in the context of Javier Moro's contoversial book, 'The Red Saree', on Sonia Gandhi ( pretty innocuous, if you ask me), and the attempts to derail its publication\ distribution in India. Similar pressure was brought on the makers of 'Rajneeti' and some cuts were imposed in the final version. Why such hypersensitivity when it comes to Sonia? Come on.... if you are a charismatic, powerful person exerting enormous influence on the lives of over one billion people, you should be able to handle some heat.... and if you can't, then stay out of the kitchen. An author's job is to write. In a democracy like ours, the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression across the board. If somebody is unhappy with the representation, the courts are always open. The book may not have attracted half this attention had it been 'officially' ignored. Now, the one person who'll be happily dancing all the way to the bank is Javier Moro! In any case, those who were interested in reading the book have done so over the internet - and it hasn't led to rioting on the streets.
Grow up, guys.
Take a tip or two from the Brit Royals - the boudoirs of Buckingham Palace \ Kensington Palace have seen a lot of action. A lot of it was documented in print ( tabloids, books ) and cinema (Hellen Mirren playing Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen' ). The stiff upper lip remained impressively stiff throughout. That's class and confidence!

26 comments:

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

An author's job is to write.
Correct but earnings at the back of his/her mind or writings from the bottom of his/her heart?

Vaudeville of exhilaration said...

Firstly,when I read some of ur posts,I can totally relate to ur thinking pattern. Many of ur thoughts are meshed with or shall I say brimming with independence,provocation and I love it..Someday I definitely hope to meet you and share my ideologies with you.Mam,I really have the ability of bringing my hopes to reality,So someday I would definitely meet you!! For your Italian friend, I have an aunt who is a journalist and is unmarried!!Hmmmmmmm!!!How appealing is dat!!

Neha said...

Watched you on the show last night, tuned in rather late though; and more than the comments/viewpoints there, I loved that expression on your face when the other two were speaking. It was that sarcastic 'Boys, please grow up!!!' smile. Wonder why this commotion over this book, and you are right, it would have gone unnoticed, had such publicity not been there! Why don't these men go and do some useful work for the country, rather than ensure the umbrella and sunscreen for their boss!!???

A. K. said...

The proposal sounds tempting.. LOl... Hey i have some frens, may be i can refer them.. Have a great weekend ahead!

Sidhusaaheb said...

The brouhaha is largely centred around the author's refusal to print a disclaimer declaring that the book is not an official biography, I believe, which seems to be a valid reason for Ms. Gandhi to be concerned about.

ms said...

okay, mz de! i have come across so many people who have been misnamed and your friend swatantra sarjano is one of them. somebody take this dude aside and explain the meaning of his name to him :swatantra=free. obviously, when he took the name, he was engrossed in activities taking place below his belt and "freedom" meant everything. or if his parents bestowed it upon him, then they were derelict in their duty as namegivers since the meaning was kept a secret from swatantra sarjano. enough already, this brucchetta can find his own fettucine. i am more concerned about your desire to see "rajneeti". mz de, when you said you were going to see "kites", i thought it was an isolated incident aberrant behaviour. but with "rajneeti", you have finally convinced me to offer following advice: this masochistic bent of mind will pass - eventually. till it happens, check into a health spa down in mallu country. believe me, it works!
stay well, mz de. i only exist to read your posts.

*Aham* said...

Wallah! sarjano!!!

Does he swing? then we tell him that I wouldnt mind, if he would serve me with bed filter kaapi and paneer pijjjaa. Age no bar. (baaki sab baaar baar.)

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My sympathies and empathies with Prakash Jha... but chances are that the "cuts" could also be a publicity stunt. To reaffirm that teh film is so real that Con- gress had to demand cuts.

Anyways, i am going to watch rajneeti for the Spicy Hot Maal Gaadi - "Ranbhir Kapoor". Whether he is the reel rajiv gandhi or not is another question altogether.

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regarding Jhavier...

AIYYYOOO Gone Buffalo in Water...

When will we stop behaving like lallu-panju petty rioting criminals.

Once you are a public figure, your life is open to the interpretation of others. Wonder why people dont let it be.

freedom of expression ka toh patta nahi, freedom of suppression is something that we exercise with all our might as if it were our birth right.


The brit has one queen, india has many queens.

I mean the sissy silly Karyakartaas of Political parties with no spine of their own and no voice at all.
Doing madam madam all the time.

They are the real queens.

anyways, may be thats their roozi roti ka sawaal...

without chamchaagiri they would not even get their chammach (read pocket) full.

else they all will be tan tan gopal.. left with none...


they will be in a situation like

" what will nudist bathe, what will he squeeze"

no wonder they are "Gadhe ko Chaat Rahe".

(some transliteration will help, i dont want my effigy to be burnt naa, so speaking indirectly)

RAJ47 said...

Hi Shobhaa,
"Your freedom ends where my nose begins" - Jerome K Jerome/anon.

Sudhir Kekre said...

http://hamarichaupal.blogspot.com/2010/06/in-french-open-season-congress-plays.html

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goodluck said...

Big stars like Bachchan and his family, SRK are really cowards. They may say that they empathise with the tamil cause but actually they are afraid. Compared to them smaller stars are more brave along with some biggies like Salman Khan. IIFA should choose some brave person as its brand ambassador than some darpok.

ameya said...

You deleting posts is similar to the Congress/ Sonia behaving over the book !
Where's the freedom Ms. ???

怡君 said...

幸福是人人都要,又怎麼可能都歸你所有?要知道這世界幸福本來就不多 ..................................................

numerounity said...

Well said- watch a movie for ur own rather than going by reviews. They r not just bogus, biased but also take the surprise/fun away! Have fun. Will wait for ur verdict alongwith ur analogy on "The red saree".

numerounity said...

Sigh...had he been not 60, I wuld ve send my proposal. Trust me nothing beats a husband who can cook. And a husband who is a good chef- masha allah!

No single-ready to marri-mingle architect/sports/doc fren in age group of 29-35? :)

krutika said...

Few differences between pakistan and India.
Sonia gandhi was supposed to be the daughter of a bar owner, lower class and un educated.
Imran Khan's wife was the daughter of a billionaire in UK.
iNSPITE OF THT pakis did not accept her and look at us treating this bitch as a demi god.
what is wrong with us, how could we let some looser into this country and make her in charge of the highest rank.

sunil golcha said...

hi shobha
rajneeti is ranbir's film all the way this guy will win the award for the best villain for his subdued cold blooded performance speaking thru his evil eyes

Anil Kumar said...

Send Sonia Gandhi to your Italian friend.

She behaves more like a desi bahu than the most desi Bollywood sluts or desperate reality tv participants.

Arpit said...

Shobhaa ji,

I guess it's always better to understand, know the truth before writing something.... or say anything and creating unnecessary turmoil.

Do any of Art of Living course and then talk about Sri Sri.....

From your writing I understand that you are not open minded but still give it a chance and do Sudershan Kriya and then talk

rushabh said...

Shobha ji
Ur comment and mockery on the recent attack on Shri Shri in Banglore as stated in the Deccan Chronicle is seriously not appreciated.Your comments sound completely hasty,unresearched and an hurt to sentiments. I have been a Deccan Chronicle reader but would refrain from doing so in future if this is the kind of content it publishes.

jalpa said...

Shobhaji
Your article on Shri Shri was a deeply hurting one. pls research before commenting on any organisation.

jalpa said...

how can u comment on something without knowing anythin abt it (ref Shri Shri)

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Nirvana said...

Signore Sarjano, Potete essere potete convincere Sonia Gandhi a aiutarli fuori! Nel frattempo goda la mia canzone favorita!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFacWGBJ_cs

Auguri!
VM
Princeton, NJ

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