In a post titled, “Movers and shakers of India”, I had wondered why we (Indians) are obsessed with ‘swaying bottoms’. All movie songs involve violent shaking of bottoms and cameras zoom in on these parts so as to appeal to this unique need of the discerning Indian viewer.
That’s why I feel that it will be an Indian who will make the winning bid for an item to be auctioned in London on October 27th. Here is the Al Arabiya News report on the said item:
A bronze buttock from the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein toppled in Baghdad after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 is to be auctioned in Britain, an auction house said Tuesday.
A former soldier from Britain’s elite SAS regiment retrieved the two-foot (0.6-meter) wide piece of history and took it back to Britain shortly after U.S. marines dragged the statue down on live television.
... Auctioneer Charles Hanson called the bronze body part a “piece of modern history” and said he expects it to be sold for at least £10,000 when it goes under the hammer on October 27.
May the best and most deserving Indian win the bid. We couldn’t get the Kohinoor diamonds back. Let’s get Saddam’s bronze buttock as our prize souvenir. It will be a good bargain.