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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

disclaimer ~ dopplegonger ~ the Miss who missed out award in Beauty Pageant

As I checked the result of my son in CBSE website after entering the Registration No. (and DOB as additional security Q) – I found the disclaimer that ‘neither NIC nor CBSE is responsible for any inadvertent error that may have crept in the results being published on the NET. The results published on net are for immediate information to the examinees. ………………………..’

Sure, you would have observed that mails sent from most Office networks carry e-mail disclaimer stating ‘this  email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail.’ ……………….    An email disclaimer is a disclaimer, notice or warning which is added to an outgoing email and so forms a distinct section which is separate from the main message.  The reasons could be confidentiality, copyright, contract formation, defamation, discrimination, harassment, privilege, viruses and more……. Somebody sending wrongly but instruct the recipient to be careful and adhere to the guidelines !!!!  
Mostly people do not read these disclaimers nor take cognizance of them.  There is another myth confounded in vernacular Cinema world – that there would 7 persons with similar looks across the globe ….  In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger  is a double of a living person.  In contemporary vernacular, the word doppelgänger is often used in a more general sense to identify any person that physically or perhaps even behaviorally resembles another person.

Commonly people say that people of certain origin (say Japanese or Koreans) all look-alike and that one cannot distinguish between … to an outsider they may look-alike but still could be having lots of dissimilarities – have you ever thought that we (people of a particular region) could be similar to those in those other parts of the World… if not, read this interesting report in Daily Mail ~ of the fate suffered by an Indian girl who thought had won the beauty pageant.

Down under in Newzealand, Synthia Nath thought she was a winner at the Face Of Beauty International awards. That was until organisers told her there had been an 'honest mistake' and that 'another Indian girl' had actually won the pageant category for most photogenic.

In an embarrassing series of events, the New Zealand Herald reports that the 19-year-old Fijian native was first told to raise $3000 to travel to Turkey for the Miss Globe International pageant after winning her local crown at the Face Of Beauty International event in Papakura on May 10.  sadly it turned out to be a case of ‘mistaken identity’ as Synthia Nath was told she had been mistaken by 'another Indian' contestant after winning the prestigious Miss Globe New Zealand.

'They told me, 'Do you have $3000?,' Ms Nath said, according to The Herald.  'I was shocked, I was like, 'Aren't you supposed to give me the money?' They were like 'No' and asked if I had the three grand or not.' Ms Nath had already spent $1000 on her dress and entry fee and told Face Of Beauty executive Milagros Manuel she couldn't afford the $3000 for flights. She was reportedly told to 'give the crown and sash back' if she couldn't raise the cash.  The next day she rang back organisers and was reportedly told 'I mixed up the name somehow and it was another Indian girl that should have won.'

She was forced to hand her sash and crown to the rightful winner, but told in an email 'You can keep it and pretend that you still are Miss Globe.' Ms Nath is now seeking an apology and compensation for the $500 entry fee and $420 for 10 tickets she sold to the event. The New Zealand Herald reports Ms Nath was confused for Fijian-born contestant Loriza Latif. Lydia Smit was announced the overall winner of Miss Globe New Zealand.

To those of us who already do not have high opinion of these beauty pageants ………… this hash up only adds to the conviction.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

20th May 2014

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