Protests and Effigies – A Business Idea

17 Apr

Cauvery Judgement Out – We protest… burn Effigies

Our Cricketers screw up – We protest…burn Effigies

Shilpa gets insulted in “Big Brother” – We protest…burn Effigies

Mandira Bedi wears a tattoo – We protest…burn Effigies

Richard Gere smooches Shilpa Shetty – We protest…burn Effigies

Anything happens – We protest… burn Effigies

Me thinks there is a huge business opportunity to manufacture Effigies for burning. Its an all India market. Today the effigies don’t look anything like the subjects. We can actually make “life like” effigies and even give them sound effects.

The other idea is to create a tourism package around protests. Have a common place for all protests and build stands where people can sit and watch.

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16 Responses to “Protests and Effigies – A Business Idea”

  1. some body April 17, 2007 at 2:23 pm #

    dushehra should be celebrated as the national effigy burning week. bring your effigies and burn them all together. what fun that would be!

    – s.b.

  2. Nags April 17, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    Irony, Sarcasm, Business Idea would have been a better title for this post! One should appreciate the business idea though!

  3. bachodi April 17, 2007 at 4:21 pm #

    It’s all about having the right to protest. Those who are offended can always burn effigies- as long as those effigies are not city buses. That’s what freedom is, isn’t it “swing your hand as you like, but make sure it doesn’t touch someone else’s nose”

    Last night I watched an episode of South Park, of comedy central. The episode about pro-war and antiwar Americans. They start to fight each other. Meanwhile here erric cartman preaches the wisdom “America’s policy is all about going to war and pretend that they are anti-war”. Little off topic , but this post reminded me that episode, specially burning effigies and protesting.

  4. travelsaga April 18, 2007 at 1:36 am #

    Vijay,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment. For some reason I am not able to get into my own blog. That’s whay I have not been able to reply to any of the comments or post any new material. I have been trying unsuccesfully to log into my account for last few days. It is denying my password. I think I have to figure something out soon. Anyways, thanks so much for inquiring about me. All is well on my end, just the usual year end rush to get things done. I will be leaving for India before the school year ends. Hope to see you all then. In the meantime, I’ll try to post something on my blog, even if it is something brief. Thanks again and missing you and all my blogger buddies.

  5. gmohanprakash April 18, 2007 at 4:19 am #

    Vijay,
    Great idea. Lets have a tie up with the following package deal:
    a) Scouting for a location with proper vantage
    b) Arranging for the effigy and slogan shouting mob
    c) Add on: Petrol,kerosene, a few bystanding police man

    All the above can be ordered through http://www.bluelines\effigy\order.html. We accept visa/master cards and promise service within 24hrs or your money back is guaranteed.

    Cheers
    mohan!

  6. Veena April 18, 2007 at 4:27 am #

    Vijay, yaako nim blog churmuri no 2 aagta ide, desha suDtha ide andre business maadtheera ? devare kaapadappa!

  7. MP April 18, 2007 at 4:38 am #

    Great Idea! Yes, we should also make some professional looking placards too.

    Veena,
    How can you say BangaloreBlues is the poor-man’s churumuri? 😉 BB has its own identity.

  8. gmohanprakash April 18, 2007 at 5:01 am #

    Veena,
    You need a houmours tinge to understand the posting I suppose. Hope your own god atleast saves you… I dont agree BB is something like churmuri

  9. Vijay April 18, 2007 at 5:17 am #

    Mohan: Great ideas.. extra if stone throwing is involved 😉

    Veena: All in the name of humour ree…

    Murali: Damn, I forgot the placards…

  10. neel3 April 18, 2007 at 5:22 am #

    Pl. keep fire-brigades on the alert!!
    The idea of ‘celebrating effigy burning’ is too good!!
    Once celebration starts ,then we will have protests for that also!
    Once upon a time painting of film posters was big business. I think they can diversify into this.Alternatively,Madam Tussads can give training to make inflamable cheap effigies and earn a lot. 😉

  11. Veena April 18, 2007 at 5:30 am #

    MP.

    sensationalising the news is what I don’t prefer from any media …

    and the expectations gets set from the prior experiences & posts on BB sounded sensible most of the time.. if it was any other blog I would have simply tried to ignore it 🙂 …

    Anyway, its another reader’s thought which need not be considered so seriously! 🙂

  12. Vijay April 18, 2007 at 5:35 am #

    Veena: Thanks for the high expectations.. avaga avaga swalpa “kireek” madona antha annisutthe 😉

  13. MP April 18, 2007 at 9:13 am #

    Vijay,
    Don’t use words like “damn” – then people will start comparing BB & Churmuri 😉

    Veena,
    Please note… Lesson no 1. This is how one starts a controversy when none exists!! 😉

  14. greatunknown April 18, 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    Burning effigies, hitherto meant as a symbolic expression of demeaning the person/idea in question, has now dwindled to a crass public display of brute force and anger that hinges around street fun.

    Indians have perfected the art and have taken it to new heights; or should I say, plunged it to deplorable depths?

  15. some body April 18, 2007 at 8:54 pm #

    vijay:

    you got beat. i wonder what would be your penalty for internalizing this idea!

    – s.b.

  16. Mysorean April 19, 2007 at 8:10 am #

    Great idea! Low initial cost, low margin-high volume business. Tie-ups with a few newspapers would also help. And to take it further a few celebrities on the payroll would mean a triple digit growth rate!

    Well, you forgot candles. That seems to be what the the higher-middle class uses to protest. So, there is a good gap there too!

    LOL@ the tourism package stuff!

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