I can’t name a single piece of literary genius that came out of Shoba De’s pen, and I can bet my life that you haven’t either. The only strings of words that somehow afford the author a sliver of prominence is the micro-blogging platform that has also turned her into troll train’s favorite target. Brace yourself for some explosive Tweet bombs from the 69 year old that set Twitterverse ablaze over and over again
Almost a decade ago as Sonam Kapoor graced the cover of Vogue magazine, Shobhaa De didn’t wait to tweet, “Sonam just doesn’t cut it in the sex appeal stakes”. That is when Sonam’s epic come back “60-something porn writer” was born.
In another equally mindless tweet, Shobha types, “Never understood what the beautiful, intense, sensitive Smita Patil saw in the Blabbering Babber. Maybe he fed her 12 rupee meals?” The tweet came off as an unsavory one as Smita Patil isn’t amongst us to provide a well-deserved retort to the author’s insensitive rant. But don’t worry, fans of the late actress took it upon themselves to put De in her place.
If only this could teach her to steer clear from politics – but then its Shobha De we are talking about. “Can we please stop referring to India’s Prime Minister as a ‘Rockstar’!!!! Hello!Dubai. He isn’t from Bollywood!” she wrote. The author attracted a heavy back lash from the general janata of India.
But Modi is not the first Indian PM to become a subject of De’s sarcasm. She had made a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in her tweet, “Will someone please teach Manmohan Singh how to wave to crowds? He’ll be waving goodbye pretty soon. Should start rehearsing from NOW!”
The third category of people she managed to piss off were the forces – police and armed – both. Earlier this year she ridiculed an oversized police constable over his weight. “Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today!” Turned out the constable was battling a medical condition that led to obesity. At this not only the public, but even the Police department gave the Sultry Days author a piece of their mind. “We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally misplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you,” tweeted Mumbai police. Err.. at least get your facts correct, Shobha.
Now about armed forces. This is how she ridiculed our soldiers for braving terrorism and unrest relentlessly at our northern borders and Kashmir. You think Tweeteratis spared her? In your dreams.
Shobha didn’t hold back in sending her prayers to the bereaved family of Gopinath Munde either. Just that, she extends her condolences in her signature style. The Times of India columnist’s tweet, “Shocking news about Munde’s death. How tragic. R.I.P. Burrey din aa gaye for the family. Deepest condolences” however, left the civilians of twitterverse outraged. Here, we wonder why?
The sports world couldn’t escape her salty remarks either. The country was anticipating something grand out of the 2016 Olympics, but the “Gold” came in the form of Sobha De’s jab. “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” she tweeted only to get trolled to death by Indians from all walks of life.
But that’s not all, y’all! Lately, the Mumbai based socialite took on a beef with beef too. Given how combustible the beef-ban issue has turned out, a sensible person would post a sensible view. And Shobha posted, “I just ate beef. Come and murder me.” This tweet ignited itself resulting in virtual outrage against the author; social activist Vishnu Gawli went as far as writing a complaint to the Commissioner of Police about it.
The last controversial of De’s tweets that notably rubbed the entire country the wrong way was needling Sushma Swaraj, who is loved by the Right and the Left aligning youth alike. The writer was destroyed by twitteraties’ savage retorts for her advice to the Minister of External Affairs, “Sushma Swaraj : Resolution for 2017 – Keep calm and stop tweeting.”
But that is not all, if I had all the time on earth and all the cyber space that is, I could go on siting Shoba De’s tweeted blunders. As controversial they may seem, their potential as a strong dose of daily entertainment cannot be subbed either.