Love between the lines
The article on Kriti Bharti – a young social activist from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, who is fighting against age-old malpractices such as child marriage – was very poignant (‘I’ve had over 50 death threats...’, November 8). Despite endless death threats from political bigwigs, village heads and other community leaders, she is continuing her struggle to bring an end to many social evils and save young children from unwanted bonds.
Kriti, with her indomitable spirit, steely determination and selfless vision has been toiling to bring an end to such appalling practices. It is heartening to know that this noble crusader has kept her personal happiness on the back-burner and is striving to bring hope and sunshine into many lives. It was sad to read about Dr Hasnat Khan, the doctor who was deeply in love with Princess Diana and who has still not come to terms with her death (‘It’s been hard to cope with losing Di... we were inseparable’, November 8).
What saddened me most was the realisation that in some way we – the reading public who enjoy spicy gossip about celebrities – fuel a culture where all that matters are those bold, massive headlines that are as exaggerated as the news items they speak of and are totally insensitive towards how they affect the lives of those who are covered in newspaper and magazineg stories. Whyy is it difficult for us to think of celebrities as normal human beings who – just like us – are also hoping to find love, companionship and privacy without the fear that there could be a stranger trespassing in our personal, physical space?
I wonder how we would react if there was a camera or a mic thrust into our faces every time we stepped out the door and our life was turned into a cheesy reality show.