India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Death of Michael Jackson: A year in review as a fan


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 fans hold oil lamps as they sing a song in tribute to the late pop icon in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur June 26, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki MuhammadMichael 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.

Growing up with the ‘Moonwalker’


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.

I was itching for an icon, a just cause to let out my angst, when I saw him for the first time on our black and white television one night.