Saturday, June 20, 2009


I looked up the word Socialite in wikipedia, after reading this piece of news about Sheetal Mafatlal's arrest. The word has an interesting description..
A socialite is a person who is known to be a part of fashionable high society because of his or her regular participation in social activities and fondness for spending a significant amount of time entertaining and being entertained. Some socialites may choose to use their social skills and connections to promote and raise funds for various charitable or philanthropic activities. Socialites are usually in possession of considerable wealth, whether gained by inheritance or otherwise,that can sustain their steady attendance at social functions.
"Of fashionable high society"..., "entertaining and being entertained"... Whoa! those are some heavy words to describe something superficial, no? In essence something frivolous. What considerable amount of effort was needed by that wikipedia editor to come up with such a random description for the term; and yet in the end, it din't hit close.

If I have to cut through all the crap and well spun ed out and sweetened definition of wikipedia, a Socialite is really a nothing. A zero. Someone who just happened to be part of a certain privileged lifestyle as a matter of accident and/or Life's random draw.

I think the first time I read that term was in an Indian glossy magazine called "Society" (what a surprise :)), and I think it was Parmeshwar Godrej, the trophy wife of Indian billionaire Adi Godrej , who was being referred to as a socialite. And ever since, that word got associated in my mind with a certain glamor quotient.
Well, the ways of high society...

[Posting this under : tit-bits and random]

1 comment:

Blue Bike said...

Nice one Kautilya!
I remember many times the Bombay Times used to refer to Parmeshwar Godrej as "the stunning beauty" among other terms...