This news item appeared in Financial Express on 11.07.09:
“Dr Shah Rukh Khan’ vows to help destitute children”
Posted: 2009-07-11 12:46:38+05:30 IST
Updated: Jul 11, 2009 at 1246 hrs IST
London: Describing the Honorary Doctorate conferred on him by a leading British University as a “very very special honour”, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has pledged to utilise the recognition to further the cause of under-privileged children in India. “I promise to dedicate a large proportion of my time to do whatever within my capacity to further the cause of education among kids as a way of my thankfulness and gratitude for this honour,” Khan said after receiving the Doctorate in London in Friday evening.”Of course, starting with my kids….. “
This tickled me into composing the following free/nonsense verse :
Hey,I am now Dr Khan, Dr Khan,
Of India, you know : Mera Bharat Mahan,
Blessed by an honorary videshi degree,
I have now joined a privileged pedigree,
Instead of usual filmy dialogues and songs,
I now utter such stuff to right some wrongs,
But, charity begins at home, you see,
So, I’ll first start teaching my kids for free …!
I intend to take up some more of such headlines,shortly.
I’ll label it “Political Poetry” or ” Industrial Poetry”. Suggestions,comments, responses are welcome.