Alyque Padamsee attempts to divert spirits from the afterlife

A year after theater veteran and communications professional Olly Thakore’s brilliant “Regrets, None” gave readers a boundless humanized look (with all its frailties) at the late maverick advertising and theater legend Alyque Padamsee, another book ‘Let Me Hijack Your Mind’, co-written by Padamsee with Vandana Saxena Poria, has been released.

“This one-of-a-kind book invites us to reexamine and rethink some of our most deeply held beliefs, from love, marriage, terrorism, leadership, money, sex, faith to life. education,” her daughter Raell said. Padamsee who hosted the evening at a bookstore in South Mumbai. She called ‘Let Me Hijack Your Mind’ Alyque’s farewell gift to Indians and said: ‘It urges them to cast off the old and embrace new approaches to life which will propel them towards a life more exciting and contented and towards a better society and country.In a way, he asks readers to think about life beyond greed, power and money.

Speaking on the sidelines of the launch, crooner and theater personality Sharon Prabhakar, who was also Padamsee’s partner, said: “This is a book designed to unbalance everyone in a good way because it’s full of fresh ideas about how to live, how to dream, and how to completely reset our mindset and attitudes.

She highlighted how Padamsee was just as committed to issues relating to the underprivileged and marginalized as he was to his creative pursuits in theater and advertising. “He was very involved in running the country and how we can make the system more accountable,” she said and added, “This book looks at all of those issues holistically”

The fun, racy and often shocking book deals with several provocative questions such as: why should marriage be “until death do us part”, why terrorists break the law of their own holy books, why multinational corporations are obsessed with GNP (Gross National Product) instead of GNH (Gross National Happiness), why men fear women and why women also hate themselves breaks some of the most lovingly held and well-known taboos and includes hacks of life drawing on Padamsee’s experiences in advertising and theater, as well as new ‘commandments’ for the current generation.

The book’s recent Mumbai release was an evening with a difference that saw Jim Sarbh, Dalip Tahil, Shiamak Davar, Raell Padamsee and Vandana Saxena Poria, on things they learned from Padamsee over the years, as they also discussed intriguing topics from the book such as ‘Should marriage move to a 5 year renewable license?’, ‘Should education become educational entertainment to ensure lifelong learning ?’ and ‘Can theater teach you what it takes to be successful in business?’

While Davar spoke of a manifestation of divinity in all creative pursuits, Tahil spoke of the rigor and discipline that theater imbues people with. Responding to a question about hypocrisy, Jim Sarbh said: “Shockingly, the average age of Indians is 25 while the average age of the approximately 1,000 people who run the country is 54. ! If we fix this, we can solve so many problems with this country,” which drew huge applause from the audience.

Sizzling mother-daughter duo Sharon Prabhakar and Shazahn Padamsee captivated an audience with their rendition of “Starry Starry Night.” Singer Ace Sid Meghani sang some of the most popular Beatles numbers like “Hey Jude”, “Yesterday”, “Let it Be” et al. Chirag Agarwal captured hearts with his live music.

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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2022, 7:22 PM IST

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