The guy is a household name in India!! Well almost….. my mom’s maid doesn’t know him, I think. Nor does my mom. Nor my dad or a few of their neighbours. But he’s definitely well-known in other households!
And I’m not saying this because of his much written about Day Out in Mumbai last month, where the crème of our beloved Bollywood showed up and were all over him (literally); and by ‘showed up’ I mean they ‘came‘ to the party. Period. No reference at all to all that bare skin and generous cleavage which showed up too!!
But who and what ‘showed up’ for the party is beside the point (for this post anyway) so, mesmerizing as it is, let’s just get back to our Ed and his ‘Shape of you’ (oopsie ;))
Just show me one person who hasn’t heard this song of his! Ok except for my mom and dad and their maid…….
I tell you – this song is being sung and performed almost everywhere by us Indians. It seems so to me anyway! Infants appear to be lisping it in Montessori kindergartens, instead of the mandatory alphabets; schools seem to be listening to its prayer versions during Assembly; Bhajan Mandalis (women’s choir groups) seem to be rendering remixes of it in different dialects; every body who has taken formal music lessons (be it Hindustani or Carnatic) seems to have recorded its desi remixes (don’t believe me? Go check out You tube!) And our dancers….. Woah!! Annual days, Concerts, get-togethers, parties, even religious functions have at least one classical fusion number set to its beats! And never mind what the lyrics actually say!! 🙂
Methinks everyone, but everyone, right from a surgeon – scalpel in hand ready for an operation, to a housewife – knife in hand ready to cut a potato, is humming – “I’m in love with the shape of you…..Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! ”
It appears to be one song which has really unified the entire country like nothing else. More than even our National Anthem – which by the way, should have been THE unifying factor, but isn’t, so the Government has taken it upon itself to issue circulars reminding people to stand up and sing it, but some overly patriotic (but independent) thinking folk take umbrage at being told to do so. So they throw benches and microphones at zero hour in Parliament. Just say 3 words – Jana Gana Mana – and they snort and charge like a bull when it sees red!
But say Ed…….. and the whole nation goes – I’m in love with the shape of you. Oh! Oh!….
Therefore, seeing the popularity and nation-wide appeal of said song and its singer, and the unifying effect it’s having on us Indians, the concerned authorities are considering inviting Shri Sheeran and issuing him an Aadhar card (National Identity card). I think that’s the 1st step and is mandatory before he becomes an Indian citizen and his name is put up for the Padmashri and all that!
I think he deserves it. Just look at his true blue Indian look!! What say guys?? Are you in love with the shape of it??? 🙂