As the year draws to an end, various polls are surfacing virtually every other day. One of the most entertaining results has been that of the "Most searched person on Google by Indians" released on 15 December. The third name that closely followed Donald Trump and P V Sidhu comes as a surprise, served with a side of bewilderment.
Is she pretty? Is she in a relationship still? Is she as fickle as his ex claims her to be? Is she reading all this stuff being written about her? Does she even know she has made the cut to the Top 3 celebrities of 2016? No matter what the real story behind the curious case of Ms. Sonam Gupta is, she has certainly taken the nation by storm, bringing together millions of heart-broken lovers who connect with her lover's famous reproach.
The only ones not happy with the rise of Sonam Gupta were poor Mrs. And Mr. Gupta from the neighbourhood who years ago had chosen to name their daughter Sonam.
After a ditched lover wrote "Sonam Gupta bewafa hai" on a tattered ₹10 note, posting it on the internet in August, social media was on fire. At one point of time, over 88,013 people on Facebook were talking about Ms Gupta and over 27,145 people were searching the hashtag #SonamGuptabewafahai.
No one knows who Sonam is but we have all felt her presence amongst us. Doesn't she sound familiar? So often, her name has been seen on the walls of archaeological monuments, engraved in a heart etched on old brick. Perhaps it has been scribbled on a college classroom desk, along with a love proposal. We might even have seen her name written in the train toilets, misspelled and sometimes even supported with graphics of female anatomy. Sonam has been around for a long, long time.
Little did her dumped lover know that his public accusation on a banknote would not only unite an India suffering under demonetisation but also make her the most talked about subject after black money and ATM queues. From notes in ten to two thousand, Sonam Gupta is that stoke of the midnight hour which set the demise of grey and the rise of pink.
Without even knowing her by face, everyone instantly fell in love with her. She was all over the place. In jokes, memes, trolls and even political satires. The only ones who were not happy with the rise of Sonam Gupta were poor Mrs. And Mr. Gupta from the neighbourhood who long years ago had chosen to name their daughter Sonam. Suddenly, the family began getting spammed with messages in their inbox or taunted with cheesy one-liners in public. While the Guptas kept giving disclaimers about their daughter not being the one in contention, little missy Gupta was secretly enjoying her newly acquired "disloyal" status. Now that she has her copyright to infidelity, certified on a pink paper against Gandhiji's photograph, why wouldn't she?
It is not hard to believe that the curious case of Sonam Gupta has even made it to the mathematics examination paper in a leading engineering institute. And guess what the question is about? No brownie points for guessing this right. It's on the law of probability! So while the candidates try to decode the probability of Sonam Gupta's relationship status through a math formula, the trickster professor smiles at his genius of beating his students with his social media intellect.
After Samudragupta and Chandragupta, if ever the Gupta clan has risen to a Golden Age, it is but with our dear Sonam!
Numerologists were suddenly making money with parents wanting to get names of their Gupta children, altered with an extra "a" or "g", here and there. As long as the spelling is different from that in the note, it'd assure them a good night's sleep. Social media got its newest joke to get busy with. Advertisers had a new muse. And poets and bloggers (read here, me) found their newest inspiration. There's even a Facebook page dedicated to Ms. Gupta and an event being planned in her name.
And now, Google's yearly compilation has cemented her celebrity. After Samudragupta and Chandragupta, if ever the Gupta clan has risen to a Golden Age, it is but with our dear Sonam! Why should we not remain smitten?