Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the day a frantic 911 emergency call from pop legend Michael Jackson’s residence set off a chain of events that left millions of fans across the world numbed.
Michael Jackson, youth icon and arguably the greatest pop star that ever lived, was found unconscious at his Los Angeles residence. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful.
It was my routine night shift, regular copies of global recession and politics scrolled across the Reuters screen, when the dullness of the night was broken by hysterical breaking news alerts on the end of Michael.
As journalists, we are trained to maintain objectivity and professional detachment to news that otherwise shake us as humans.
It was the late 80s and I was in school, contemptuous of rules and looking for a cause to rebel against parental interference. I was too young to run away and wise enough not to push it so as to end up without dinner.