Trend­ing Now…Winks!


What’s com­mon be­tween a Por­tuguese foot­ball su­per­star, a South In­dian ac­tress and an In­dian politi­cian? A wink. Back in 2006, Ron­aldo was play­ing his first World Cup. Dur­ing Por­tu­gal’s match against Eng­land, Ron­aldo in­cited his former Manch­ester United team­mate Wayne Rooney into a red card. Then, fac­ing the pa­parazzi, the Por­tuguese foot­baller know­ingly winked. At the time, some English foot­ball fans feared that Ron­aldo’s rep­u­ta­tion in the coun­try would be tar­nished. The act cre­ated a lot of buzz. Twelve years on, the no­to­ri­ous wink re­fuses to evade our mem­ory. More re­cently, Priya Prakash Var­rier, an ac­tress down south, broke records on so­cial me­dia. The rea­son be­ing the wink again. A clip from her movie Oru Adaar Love, in which Priya is seen wink­ing at a boy, caused the in­ter­net to have a melt­down. The so­cial me­dia buzz ac­tu­ally earned her the ti­tle of be­ing the ‘na­tional crush’. And the lat­est to join the wink­ing club was Rahul Gandhi, whose wink dur­ing the Mon­soon Ses­sion of Par­lia­ment made head­lines. The Pres­i­dent of the Congress Party hugged Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi af­ter his speech on turn­ing BJP’s ha­tred to­wards him into love. Taken aback by Pappu’s warm em­brace at first, the PM called him again and shook his hand. Rahul was quick to fol­low this act up with a wink at his party col­leagues. Need­less to say, this wink has taken the cake in cre­at­ing a stir on so­cial me­dia, what with the usual mix of lovers and haters busy com­ment­ing on this lat­est wink­ing episode.

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