Some Avatars are Good Enough to Eat

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The truth — even if bit­ter­sweet — is that a statue of Tamil cinema idol Ra­jinikanth ri­vals the wax one of PM Naren­dra Modi still be­ing cre­ated for a slot in Madame Tus­saud’s. There are mil­lions who would read­ily vouch that the dark, pow­er­fully ir­re­sistible unc­tu­ous­ness of choco­late can­not find a bet­ter hu­man epit­ome than the tha­laivar, the stuff of leg­ends and then some. So, the bak­ery in Chen­nai that has cre­ated his like­ness out of 600 kg of choco­late must be com­mended for con­jur­ing up such a de­li­cious in­car­na­tion of a phe­nom­e­non who, it must be said, has been seen in prac­ti­cally ev­ery avatar imag­in­able. More­over, the star is in be­fit­ting com­pany, con­sid­er­ing the Pope, Putin, the Span­ish royal fam­ily, Michael Jack­son (in white choco­late, nat­u­rally) and David Beck­ham have been cast in choco­late too. Of course, the medium does not al­low for per­ma­nence and such stat­ues are of­ten con­sumed or ab­lated by the weather. But that only re­it­er­ates the im­mutable na­ture of the per­son­al­ity him­self.

Choco-Ra­jini be­com­ing a selfie favourite is not sur­pris­ing. But if in­deed af­ter the good re­sponse to sim­i­lar stat­ues of for­mer Pres­i­dent A P J Ab­dul Kalam and Mahatma Gandhi, a sur­vey by the bak­ery re­vealed that 72% wanted the next one to be of Ra­jinikanth, the su­per­star may want a re­port on why — and how — that 28% dif­fered.

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