Most TV channels largely ignore it on Saturday. But come Sunday, families all over India gather around the TV and get treated to a gut-wrenching, emotional overdose of gigantic proportions that would make Karan Johar, Yashraj and the Barjatyas cringe in misery and go green in envy.
You think I’m ODing? Check out these prize-winning captions thought of by the news channels that ran this saga for an entire day.
- Dharti maan ki god se, sena ki god mein, maa ki god tak
- Prince ka dhairya, sena ki himmat, maa ki mamta, Zee News ki muhim rang layi
- Prince ne di maut ko maat, Saare desh mein khushi ki lehar
- Prince ko zindagi, zindagi ka prince (followed by waah !)
And the press today ?
Headline on TOI (also kind enough to allot 90% of front page space for this news) – “Li’l Prince is born again”. Text then reads - “When Prince Kumar rode out of the black hole in a crane at 7.47 pm on Sunday, the applause was something Zinedine Zidane might have got if he had won the World Cup for France. The four-year-old’s homecoming signalled the end of a human drama that had kept the nation engrossed during the weekend and turned him into India’s most heart-tugging kid.”
Headline on Mumbai Mirror with photo– "Prince wins battle of Kurukshetra"
Headline on HT Junior, borrowing from TOI - "Little Prince is reborn on his sixth birthday"
Also check this google search for international press coverage of this "gripping event"
Of course, the Haryana Chief Minister chipped in his bit by announcing a grant of Rs2lakh for Prince.
Finally, this SMS received by a TV channel stood out in stark contradiction to all the duas and prathanas for Prince’s rescue. It read “What do I have to do to get free education in India ? fall in a ditch?”