I’ve been watching the bizarre scandal unfold on the television screens…Socialite arrested for customs duty evasion.Leading newspapers are screaming with cheap headlines such a “qaid mein hai bulbul” Reams and reams of newsprint devoted to what Sheetal was wearing on the way to jail, the value of the jewelry on her finger and the shade of her lipstick!
I cannot claim to know Sheetal at all-though i have met her socially on a few occasions. I cannot vouch for anything or comment on what is going on because I like everybody else know as much or as little as the newspapers and television reports are telling me. But to brand her a smuggler? Thats as ridiculous as it gets…
There is definitely much more to it than meets the eye.For a family as wealthy as the Mafatlals it should have been an easy matter to pay a duty of 18 lakhs and settle the matter quietly and decently. 18 lakhs is petty change for them, less than the cost of a raza or hussain painting painting or a single diamond soliatire ring. Women of that amount of wealth and social standing pick up such stuff on a casual shopping trip. Jewelry to match a dress or a pair of shoes of the same shade.. Even if they dont particularly like the item they will buy it because another socialite has recently acquired it…that it the kind of wealth we are talking about. They will then go on to splurge several more lakhs on jeans bags shoes blah blah. Its a casual day out…shopping for fun… I dont judge it-to each his own. Some people’s karma is to acquire their wealth-some people’s karma is how they chose to spend it.
But i am baffled that Sheetal has been sent to jail for something so many before her have done. Yes its wrong to evade customs duty but a scandal of this magnitude is the hand of someone from the inside me thinks. Someone who hates her and her husbands guts? family politics? business rivalry?… The reports are pointing at Atulya’s mother, but having borne the brunt of crappy reporting for many years I am not inclined to beleive everything the papers suggest. It could be anyone. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword
Yes families are known to even kill each other for wealth and property… I know of instances where black magic was performed to sabotage wealth with skulls being cemented under the flooring, wills doctored and forged. These things happen all the time.
But surely for a matter as small as this Sheetal and Atulya could have avoided jail by saying to the customs guys okay we goofed up and now we’ll pay up. If they didnt why didnt they? And if they did, how come they were not granted pardon or a chance for a fair settlement of the boo boo?
Hmnnn….the mystery continues… power, wealth, scandal, intrigue…
Right now I’m feeling very thankful for my middle class roots. All us simple folk need is love