One of the greatest legends of Kannada culture passed away on Wednesday, and this is how his fans paid homage to him:

Rajkumar was truly the ‘prince’ of Kannada cinema. He was not just a great actor, but an icon of Kannada culture. To quote my friend KS, “Put Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bacchan into one person, and you have Rajkumar”. He was a simple man, who never got into politics. Post the Veerappan kidnapping, the state’s respect for him grew twice fold. In fact, he even suffered from a mild form of Stockholm syndrome following his kidnap. He respected his fans as if they were gods, referring to them as abhimani devargalu.

...and this is what they gave him in return.

Apparently the agitated fans went on a rampage because they were denied a glimpse of their Annavaru (elder brother), and thought that attacking the police and destroying public property would prove a point. 5 people have been reported dead after yesterday’s violence.

A friend of mine who happens to know the Rajkumar family was appalled at the attitude of the kannadigas who had come to pay their last respects. ‘Fans’ had destroyed the compound wall of the star, turning into actors themselves by faking sorrow every time a camera appeared in front of them. He told me that “Karnataka witnessed two deaths yesterday, the death of one of the greatest icons of Kannada culture, and the death of culture amongst Bangaloreans.”

Up north, young Javed Mohammed breathed his last after succumbing to third degree burns. Javed single-handedly rescued six children from a devastating fire at Meerut three days ago. His family members believe that he died due to medical negligence, and they resorted to throwing stones at the hospital where he was admitted.

Thursday was a sad day. A day of many deaths. The death of a celluloid hero, the death of a real hero, and the death of basic human respect.

May their souls rest in peace.


Good friends of the Bottle! Good Comrades of Mine,
Stand up and pledge deeply the god of the Wine
Who makes duties vanish, and sad memories fade,
Each amour requited, each corking debt paid!
- Anonymous--Old French Poem
Bryng us in good ale, and bryng us in good ale;
For our blyssed lady sake, bryng us in good ale.
Bryng us in no browne bred, for that is mad of brane;
Nor bring us in no whyt bred, for therein is no game,
But bryng us in good ale
- Anonymous, circa 15th century

Drinking will make a man quaff,
Quaffing will make a man sing,
Singing will make a man laugh,
And laughing long life doth bring,
Says old Simon the King.
- Anonymous, Old Sir Simon the King, referring to Simon Wadloe, tavern-keeper at the "Devil," Fleet Street, 1621

Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.
Exclaim no more against it.
-
William Shakespeare, Othello, 1622

Landlord fill the flowing bowl
Until it doth run over;
For to-night we'll merry be
To-morrow we'll be sober.
-
Old Song, 18th century

This bottle's the sun of our table,
His beams are rosy wine;
We planets that are not able
Without his light to shine.
-
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Duenna, 1775

If with water you fill up your glasses,
You'll never write anything wise;
For wine is the horse of Parnassus,
Which hurries a bard to the skies.
-
Thomas Moore, 1806

Oh for a beaker full of the warm South,
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene!
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
And purple-stained mouth.
- John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale, 1819

I taste a liquor never brewed
From Tankards scooped in Pearl
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!
-
Emily Dickinson, 19th century

Sparkling and bright, in liquid light,
Does the wine our goblets gleam in;
With hue as red as the rosy bed
Which a bee would choose to dream in.
-
Charles Fenno Hoffman, Sparkling and Bright, 1842

A medium Vodka dry Martini--with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.
-
Ian Fleming, Dr. No, 1958

Here With my beer I sit,
While golden moments flit:
Alas!
They pass
Unheeded by:
And as they fly,
I,
Being dry,
Sit, idly sipping here
My beer.
-
George Arnold, Beer, last century

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
-
George Carlin, stand up comedian, this century

And last but not the least:

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
-
The Bible, I Timothy (ch. V, v. 23)


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