Skip to main content

Conspiracy Theories.

I've noticed a tendency, or maybe you could call it a trend, here in the news in India.  A public figure is caught doing something really awful - say, implicated in a murder or in helping themselves to money from the public coffers - and the public figure goes into complete denial about their culpability and starts crying that this is a conspiracy.  He (or she!) will claim indignantly that they wouldn't dream of doing such a terrible thing and blame it on some hidden from view enemy working behind the scenes, an enemy who hates them and wants to discredit them.

This happens so often that it is boring.  What's wrong with being boldly defiant and saying, "yes, I did it?"  I suppose a longer prison sentence might result.  But so many people cry 'conspiracy' even when there is incontrovertible evidence to the contrary that they are just making fools of themselves.  They are not fooling anyone either.

I don't want to name any names, but anyone reading this in India will know exactly what I'm talking about. Probably in other places too.

One of my favourite films of all time is 'JFK' starring Kevin Costner.  This film is a fictional account of an investigation conducted by the chief police official in Dallas at the time President John F. Kennedy was assassinated there.  In the course of the investigation, the official stumbles upon some unexpected evidence here and there and to his horror finds out that the assassination was not the work of a lone fanatic working solitarily but that of a terrifying conspiracy whereby the President of the United States was assassinated by his own government.  Who knows what the truth is?   I loved that film for several  reasons.  I loved Kevin Costner's performance, the thrill of intrigue and the southern charm.   There was a particularly interesting line where a  sinister character is brought in for questioning on Easter Sunday and given a good going over, as they'd say where I come from.  He's released late in the day and as he leaves the police custody, he says: "May I take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you and all of your families a very happy Easter."  You really can't get more cultured than that, can you?

Another nice conspiracy movie was "A Few Good Men" starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.  I love watching Jack Nicholson, he's the most fascinating actor.  He's got a talent for bringing negative characters to life and making them likeable.  Well, one thing I have to say about conspiracies is that they bring about some really good films.

Sadly, Indian Bollywood movies are mainly about romances and music, with some notable exceptions.  There is enough material in Indian life to provide plots for some absolutely memorable films, if only some film makers would have the courage to make them.  All you hear about films is whether this actor and that actress have the 'chemistry' to make a good onscreen pair.  I remember once in a dance reality show here (I happened to be walking through the room when it was on) I saw a couple being rubbished by a jury who told them that their dance was hopeless and that they had no chemistry.  The male partner of the couple replied: "Chemistry?  Next time I'll show you biology!"  I loved that answer!

Well, I've done my best with the given topic for my LBC post for this week.   But I took a post on 'Conspiracy Theories' and I suspect the real title should be 'Chemistry'.

I'll be back next week with another one of these and hopefully I'll treat that topic a bit better than I did this one.

This topic ('Conspiracy Theories')was chosen by Conrad.  This is my weekly post for the Loose Blogger Consortium. We are a group of bloggers from different parts of the world with diverse views and styles of writing, and we post simultaneously (well, we try to) on a weekly basis on a given topic.  This week we are joined by two new members, Delirious and Padmini. Currently active members are, in alphabetical order Anu,  AshokConrad, gaelikaa, Grannymar, and Rummuser.

Intense Debate comment system is installed. If you would like to leave a comment, please click on the title of this post and allow a little time for the comment system to load - thanks

Popular posts from this blog


Many years ago, when I lived in Dublin, I met someone nice and started dating. I wasn't serious, I just thought we could have nice interesting discussions about India, which I found absolutely fascinating, as I was working in the Embassy of India back then. I had no intention of getting attached with a foreigner, with all the attendant cultural problems. I was happy living in Ireland and the idea of marriage couldn't have been further from my mind. We both thought we could just keep things in control. One day, after a lot of emotional turmoil and denial, it hit us both that we were in love. Truly. Madly. Irrevocably. To the point where we couldn't live without each other. I'd known about the Indian system of arranged marriages and when it occurred to me that he would probably be married off by his family as soon as he returned to India, I felt physically ill at the thought. We are both tenacious and patient people. We realised that bringing our two worlds together

The Tale of One Kitty

The cat..... Those who know me already might say that they didn't know I had a cat.  I didn't, you know! Our dog, Duggu is such a handful, I didn't think we could take on another pet. But a few months ago, a beautiful cat (whom we eventually named Puggle)  arrived. She's not really ours..... Nope! She's someone else's cat who just went on what the Aussies might call a walkabout. My younger daughter Riya found her on the roof of our house, a pretty calico (three-coloured) cat. Riya was instantly smitten. Some milk was fed to the little creature and the deal was sealed. Puggle has been a regular visitor to our house ever since. And two days after she arrived, in mid-May, she gave birth to four kittens. We'd had no idea the kitty was enceinte. So what did we do? What can you do? If a single mom landed on your doorstep and gave birth in your house, what would you do? Try to help, obviously. As the cat bore no identification and had been roaming the colony unst

A Blogging Guru

This is what a guru looks like - well something like it! Back to blogging I'm back at my blogging again. Three blogs at the moment. Not bad really, is it? My favourite blogging adventure was my original expat blog, which, unfortunately, I had to close once I was no longer able to blog anonymously. Because it was what some of our US based friends might call 'way TMI.  This is my general blog, MBB is my book blog and My East/West Life is my current attempt at blogging about life in India for an Irish wife. Then there's the experimental writing blog on Wordpress....and you know, can you believe I've been blogging for ten years now? Yes, that's right. But I've taken a looooong hiatus from blogging recently owing to the loss of a beloved family member. And I've stood back from the blogging a little. And then I came back. And amazingly, I've discovered stuff I never knew before. New discoveries I discovered that owing to Adsense ads, I've