Sho(e)w Time

The pen is mightier than the sword”, coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton is out of vogue. The “Shoe” is the mightiest of all. It is truly a multipurpose product with it's uses ranging from protection against harsh weather conditions and beautification to expressing opinion. Don't like what that person is saying? No issues. Just hurl your shoe at him. It's your two minute way to fame!

First, the former President of the United States, then the Chinese Prime Minister and now it's our very own Home Minister. The severity of steps taken to deal with the accused have varied greatly. While, the Iraqi journalist has been jailed, the German student's trial is set for June. The Indian Journalist got away easy. Specifically, on our Home Minister's insistence. Anyway, the bottom line is, hurling one's shoe has become an expression of defiance. Considered a very big insult in almost all traditions, the shoe is now the symbol of protest. The irony is, none of the above mentioned cases actually had the shoe hitting it's target. It either fell too short or the targets were alert enough to duck on time!

In the meanwhile, shoe marketing has reached new heights. Sample this commercial.

Sho(e)o! Sho(e)o!! Sho(e)o!!!

Thinking of hurling a shoe at someone! Just drop in to our store. We sell new and improved 'Boomerang' shoes that never miss a target. What's more?! It comes back to you! Isn't this great?! The soles are fitted with a special, scientifically tested feature that makes it work like a boomerang when thrown correctly*. So, you hit and you get it back! What are you waiting for?! Hurry!! Limited stock!
*Conditions Apply – You need to practice your throw. Try this site.

Special shoes can be made to order for people with different sized feet. (For people like Ajit, the Bollywood villain famous for, “Saara shaher mujhe Lion ke naam se jaanta hai”. He used to wear mismatched shoes, sized 8 and 9.)

So! Who are YOU Sho(e)oing today?!

**Note - We can't offer you any help if Press Conference venues are transformed into 'No Shoe' zones.

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42 comments:

Kruthika said...

hahaha! :D heard abt the bits-goa incident?!?! i guess the students thr, didnt know the 'power' of shoes..poor creatures stopped wid throwing just maggie and water bottles!! :D

ankitagrawal said...

Good one. But another industry other than the shoe-making industry has sprung up. To know more about it, go here

Kadambari said...

Lol! BITS Goa creates sensations like this! My God! We were so useless bey. We never rebelled! Go to insti, day dream in classes (or guss them) and get back. What a bore we had been!

;)

Kadambari said...

Thanks Ankit. I'll check your post out.

sammythewizzy said...

I'm pretty sure that there will soon be movie blockbuster coming up which features shoe throwing.. Then, it can become an Olympic Sport with huge populairty.. the possibilities are endless

Kadambari said...

Yup Sam! We can all get into shoe business. No more recession woes!

Ranjani said...

Wow! That was kickass! Lets say it with the shoe.. yes the mightiest!

Sujoy Bhattacharjee said...

You forgot to mention the Israeli ambassador among the list of luminaries.
Next time there is a politician visiting nearby, I will be crouched behind him. It is high time I got a new shoe :)

KarSub said...

You know what the sad thing is ... all these guys MISS!!!

How tragic! Is it too much to ask for one clean shot?

Maybe they should all visit a "bootcamp"?

P.S. pat on back :)

Anand said...

However it is...these guys behind the podium sure know how to DUCK or sway in time. Dammit.
Can't one..jus ONE damn shoe find it's target???
Next time, Since he is a HOME minister, u jus mite see a sign board outside..."Everone kindly remove their chappals and shoes" before entering the "house". If theydont they might get SHOOOed away..
lol.

Parv Kaushik said...

so true... in a few days a leaders reputation will be gauged by the numbr of shoes thrown at him... the angrier the junta the more powerful the leader!!

acp said...

Sooner or later journalists wont be let into press confrences with their shoes and they will have changing rooms outside confrence halls to store shoes hehehe. It all looks like a conspiracy because the shoes never hits the mark and always makes the obscure thrower instantly famous.

Kadambari said...

Yea Jinny! :)

Sujoy Lol! Good idea! But, you might have to ask the protester to throw the pair! Just in case.

And there's was another Indian too. A judge or something. But, since their shoo(e)ing was not made so famous, I didn't mention.

Kartik, I know! That's why, they've got to practice first! Or probably it's just some publicity gimmick! :D

Anand, ACP, Hehe! Like we've got rules for a temple. Funny that would be! But, some day the shoe should hit the target! It's so boring otherwise! :D

Parv, Yea! Like we have star rating for movies, we can have shoe rating for these folks!

Kokonad said...
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Kokonad said...

Ha ha ha! Nice post Kadambari... in the blogging network I have also come across posts where people are comparing Bush and Chidambaram. But the main focus should be - Who is a better shoe-dodger? Did Chidambaram have better luck because the throw was underarm? How will this affect the economy of Bosnia? Is the world looking forward to years of weaponified shoes or shoe-ified weapons?

lafemmereva said...

Have shoe, Will throw:P

Kadambari said...

Lol, Yea Kokonad. We might have shoe shaped fighter planes! Just to make the message clear! And about dodging, I'm sure these folks stay alert these days. Sadly, Bosnia remains the same.

Sure Reva! So, would you want sneakers or stilettos??

:D

lafemmereva said...

Gladiators for me!!! :P

Pushkaraj said...

There is also scope for small entrepreneurs. They can start a 'shoe-keeping' facility outside every press conference. Bigger the controversy, higher the charges for this service. What's more, the politician in question will gladly pay the whole expenses!
However, we need to go beyond all the fun here. Most of all I am saddened by the incident. Extremely saddened. It seems that Jarnail Singh was asked whether he could not have used any other means of protest, and his anguished answer was "we have waited and tried for 25 years. How much more should we wait?"
I grew up in Delhi and have many Sikh friends. I have always known as an honest, upright and honourable community. Don't get me wrong - I am not saying that shoe-hurling is a justified means of protest, but can we pause for a moment and feel the anguish of Jarnail Singh? He represents thousands, if not millions, of Sikhs who have continued to be an integral part of the Indian identity in spite of all the atrocities. They have all reconstructed their lives and carried on, fervently hoping that justice WILL prevail.
In Oliver Twist, Mr.Bumble made that famous comment - Law is an ass. I wonder what he would have said about politicians?

Pushkaraj said...

On another lighter note - Nike can capitalize on this. After all, they always tell us to "Just do it".
They can now promote a new range of 'quick-draw, easier to throw' shoes. For some extra charge, they can also be equipped with infra-red aided ability of homing in on ducking targets.

*KHUSHI* said...

good one kadambari... :) kaap it up dear..

pisku said...

lol.

Nicely penned!

Kadambari said...

Reva, All yours. But gladiators look like they might miss their target! They are too strappy! :D

Pushkaraj, Lol! About the Nike idea! But, yea. These incidents reflect the helplessness of the common man as he suffers all the way. It's extremely disheartening like you say.

Khushi and Pisku.. Thanks!

:)

Dexter Sam said...

super post! :)

Kadambari said...

Thanks Dexter!
It's been quite long since you updated your blog. PS keeping you very busy eh?!

rads said...

LOL..couldn't stop laughing for quite some time. You have a humerous way of writing it too. awesome post.

Kadambari said...

Thanks so much Rads!
:D

Kokonad said...

Shoe shaped fighter planes, huh? :D I can imagine a radio call -
"May day may day... the tongue is loose and the lace is on fire! I repeat - the tongue is loose and the lace is on fire! Also, it stinks as hell in here. I repeat - IT STINKS LIKE HELL IN HERE!"

Also... stilettos? OW. That has to hurt. Some stilettos are expensive, aren't they? If it does hit a politician and gets lodged in his head or something, the medics will do whatever it takes to rescue the shoe.

Flash news: Stiletto (finally) hits MLA - Manolo's condition stable: just a few scratches.

Namita Chandra said...

I did not know about the shoe being thrown on the Chinese prime minister. The good thing about the shoe being thrown on Chidambaran is that it has been taken in a lighter vein, which says volumes about the health of our democracy and freedom of expression.

Kadambari said...

Eoww Kokonad! Stinky shoes and stilettos lodged in head! What a pain they would be! Lol!

Namita, You're right. Democracy made it look like it wasn't that big a deal. And thanks for stopping by!

:)

Jarlin said...

Good One...enjoyed reading.

Keep posting.

Vyazz said...

Hahahaha...I bet the Iraqi journo would have never imagined the sort of revolution he was going to create. What a sho(e) in!!!

Kadambari said...

Thanks Jarlin.

And, yup. You're right Vyazz. Now. this is news everywhere. Even today, some one hurled at a shoe at some speaker in an election rally. It's getting worse.

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Hahaha...

That was too funny...and the bottom line is it was too witty and punched one too..
What a pity on these people..instead of getting embarassed, they must be feeling more proud for getting famous bcuz of it :P
Whatever its good to see some one talking abt shoes... :)

Cheers

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

You have good stuff to read..
will get back to it sometime...

visit mine too :P

Kadambari said...

I know! It's become an everyday thing now. Like you say, these folks must be all proud of the fact that they are controversial enough to get "the shoe". (As though some medal!)

And I'll surely check your blog out too. Thanks for stopping by.

:)

tikulicious said...

Hey this was so amusing .lol i like your style of writing. The shoe companies will have a new idea for sales promotions ...but on a serious note .. a sorry state of affairs everywhere

Kadambari said...

Thanks! :)
Yea, for all we know, press conferences might become like places of worship that don't allow footwear. But, what can one do in an election campaign or a march! No one can avoid the shoe, Tikulicious. That'd be never ending, then.

Varun said...

Talking of common citizens throwing shoes, I'm sure everyone's aware of Nikita Kruschev's shoe banging at the UN. I guess thats the first of such incedents...right?

Kadambari said...

I didn't know about that Varun. Probably that's how this entire new concept came into being.

k.ø.c.h.ü said...

he he...dat was interestin...i heard de Indian journalist was offered 'prize' 4 de revolt !!!

Kadambari said...

Yea! He was offered a job and finances to support his family ('coz the newspaper he worked with, fired him). But this is a different issue. In a way, the collective pented up frustration of the entire Sikh community was reflected in this manner. Their stance was pretty sad and it had to be expressed in some manner.

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