|Looks like all of Bollywood is on Twitter. But most of them are dead boring, doing nothing but greet each other and push their films. A notable exception: Rahul Khanna (@R_Khanna). He’s intelligent, witty and has a delicious sense of fun. |
Recent tweet: Back-to-back evenings full of glamour, dancing, sex, violence & raw, pulsing drama. Who needs Bollywood when it's wedding season in India?
|All right, all right, Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) is not bad. The master of the sound bite seems to let his guard down just a little when he gets into a late night tweeting session after a shoot, say, musing, answering questions; it makes him feel more... human. |
Recent tweet: i asked my team if the filmfare jokes were too cheap. they said recession just receding sir...cant afford rich ones...next year maybe. ha ha
|Lisa Ray (@Lisaraniray) is also worth following. She’s in treatment for cancer, and it’s inspirational to read her takes on the process, and life in general. |
Recent tweet: This Stem Cell Reboot has Lisa version 2.0 taking resting to a new level. There a pro resters club out there?
|And of course there’s Gul Panag(@gulpanag), an early adopter, at least as far as the film world goes. Not starry airs about her; she’s as fresh and frank as she looks. She seems to spend most of her time answering followers, but frequently pushes the causes she promotes as well. |
Recent tweet: Ironically,the more prosperous the society(Punj, Har) the worse is the #sexratio .My district #Fatehgarhsaheb has the lowest in the country
|Anand Mahindra (@anandmahindra) was, as far as we know, the first business big shot to jump into the Twitterstream. He’s a great example of how to go about it: promotes his products, yes, but also answers questions and criticism quickly and frankly. Disconcerts purists with his fluent SMSese! |
Recent tweet: Was at an offsite at d new Mumbai cricket association clubhouse.Pretty fancy.Guess evrythng assciated w cricket is larger than life!
|Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) is also a fairly active tweeter. Occasionally controversial, he does not shy away from argument, and engages with his fans. |
Recent tweet: Most flights were hopping in those days, except to the top four metro cities. Now you can go almost anywhere direct. Even to hell.
|For the book lovers, you can do far worse than follow lit critics Nilanjana Roy (@nilanjanaroy) and Sanjay Sipahimalini (@sansip) for a wealth of links to literary stories all over the web. Mind expanding. |
Recent tweet (nilanjanaroy): Memories of Garcia Marquez, from his melancholy whores: http://bit.ly/cmq9no
Recent tweet (sansip): Why we all love living next door to Alice in Wonderland http://bit.ly/bvOAPp
|For sports fans, go no further than Prem Panicker (@prempanicker), veteran journo and early cybercitizen. Like all the best sports writers, he has a view much wider than the sports field. And in the same mould, though a very recent Twitter adopter, there’s the ever-smiling Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha). |
Recent tweet (prempanicker): Lalu apparently wants reservations in 3 categories: OBC women, Muslim women; Lalu Yadav's women
Recent tweet (@bhogleharsha): sometimes think we worry 2 much as a nation about what others think of us.try & become martyrs 2 soon.shld stop complaining abt referees etc
|Closer home, you’ll find a bunch of interesting people from Network18 listed at twitter.com/forbes_india/network-18/members |
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(This story appears in the 02 April, 2010 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)