Yesterday, 2/11/2017, I have witnessed biggest disappointment of my life in the form of Pawan Kalyan’s speech. Before you jump into conclusions or judgmental derogatory remarks on me, I request you to read through this letter. An OPEN LETTER to Pawan Kalyan.
Program: Indian Conference 2017, Boston
Location: Harvard Business School Auditorium (not an open ground)
Theme: Inspire Series on 2/11 and Keynote on 2/12
By: Pawan Kalyan
Inviting Category: Politics (let me say it again, he was invited for speaking about Politics NOT for Movies)
Dear Pawan, I saw the aura you have, for the first time. I saw the love you command from people, for the first time. I saw a normal human being, a common man, in a branded ash color suit of about 5’6″ height eagerly listening to fellow speakers, like a kid, for the first time. A simplistic personality on stage. My expectations grew much stronger as I geared up to listen your speech.
The curiosity that was about to explode was busted abruptly with your “the most” confusing, immature and clarity-less speech on Inspire series. Along with the etiquette of your fans in the auditorium. I understand that QnA hour was cancelled or postponed for today, but the disappointment in your speech has made me to drive back to Connecticut immediately. If I were given a chance, I would have asked, “what was one Inspiration you want audience to take from your 20-25 minutes of speech?”
Excerpts from your speech:
1) “You were failing in every class till 12th” – I want to ask school authorities how you got promoted if you were failing in all classes?
2) “You pointed out people bias based on Telugu dialects” – We all know that, but how it inspired you?
3) “Division of Andhra and Telangana and dirty politics” – No clarity on how it inspired to become where you are
4) “Incident of your sister and people mindsets to help or fight thugs” – No clarity on it inspired to become where you are
5) “Likingness for Spirituality and going into Yoga, doing nothing and Movies are the only option” – Wish you had made this more interested and converted into more inspiring
In your speech, I hoped how you have inspired youth to do something to society. How your “leadership” – if at all, had helped farmers or poor people or needy people. I saw you were concerned on every evil in the Society and you wanted to act upon it. Nevertheless, you did not even touch any achievements you have done using your current stardom or situation.
Overall, you have jumped from a confused kid gone to a local mall –> wanting to get everything what he likes –> but parents objecting for few –> kid crying –> parents getting him a doll or two –> kid happy –> but ultimately confused whether the dolls he got (which he liked earlier) are THE ONES he still likes. If readers are scratching their heads on this analogy, YES, I have experienced the same while listening to Pawan.
You are blessed for having this charisma which I have never witnessed. You have the Hero worship plus Political adoration from the people. However, the former is of more percentage than the latter. Youth is totally with you. They see themselves in you. They want to follow what you say. My observation is/was, you are totally taken this godsend for granted. Let me caution you, this is a blessing and can turn into a curse soon if you don’t act on it.
I might know about Sr. NTR and his charisma as I never watched his him in action. I saw you. With this profound following, you can create miracles and can achieve mountains of success. However, it felt like you are totally oblivious of whatever is going around you. A politician or a prospective politician has to spend time with people, how come you have disappeared right after your talk?
It appeared to me like you want to sail in two boats with one leg in Movies and another in Politics. If I am guessing right, you fairly understand that failing in Politics shall burst your stardom bubble. You not being accessible to people shall keep that stardom aura intact. Let me tell you, histories have witnessed the unexpected. Be ready to accept the consequences.
You say you are an introvert and you want to be in politics. Abraham Lincoln is one of the successful “introvert” leaders in history. Introvert-ness is not being shy. And Definitely not watching a horror movie sitting behind a table.
It’s time for you to DECIDE:
1) where you want to be,
2) what you want to do, and
3) how you want to make a difference
If I were asked what you have to do immediately then hire right Communications and Marketing Team. Your last night’s speech was lame. Speaking out of heart doesn’t have to be that tasteless. Go with powerful speeches that are appropriate for the situation and deliver an impact. And please, for God sake, speak up on the etiquette that your fans should follow. It is very important to be mindful of the location. It brings more favors to you in the end as the leader of “JanaSena-NI”.
If your fans continue to rampage frenziedly, then it’s a metrics that you are just a MOVIE STAR and not a POLITICIAN. You know what I am talking about for 2019!
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