|With the Asiana Magazine girlies & Nina Wadia|
But what does it actually mean and is there any point to it? Are there any points to awards when quite frankly there are so many awards where results are 'fixed' or worse still, the winner 'pays' to win.....?
|The awards underway|
|My table - if you look closely you can see Gok Wan on the table in front|
|Starters was either fish or a giant puri|
The awards themselves were a disappointment on the grounds so few receivers were there in person to pick up their prizes - a video conference of Jackie Chan is one thing but video messages from 1/2 the recipients is embarrassing as was the entertainment. They wheeled out Preeya Khalidas (ex Eastenders actress who also does musicals) who sung her 'flop' single which was released several years ago). Seriously, how can that be the best they could do?
It's so sad that the people honoured at the awards have achieved so much yet generally they get missed off mainstream ward lists and that's the main reason why yes it is important that there is an 'Asian Awards' but I can't help feeling they are too exclusive.
|With TV presenter Tasmin Lucia-Khan|
Lots of successful, wealthy people in a room, celebrating eachother's success is one thing but that doesn't make them role models. They become role models when they go into schools and inspire people - show the younger generations that they can achieve their goals and dreams by working hard.
|My favourite outfit of the night - her mum designed it!|
Instead of wasting resources creating pointless 'top 100 lists' I think the organisers should spend the rest of the year celebrating the success of the winners by arranging for them to have better public profiles - getting them to talk at community events, going to school sports days and assemblies across the country, that's when these people are actually at their most useful. That's my view anyway. Doubt I'll get another ticket to the event after saying that but quite frankly, until it becomes more relevant to real people, I'm not bothered!
|(Thanks Sadco & Illy for letting me be your guest!)|