Asin Thottumkal has a very serious problem. She has impersonators on all the major social-networking sites. "I was ready to overlook these fake IDs using my name as long as they weren't harmful. But now the problem is getting out of hand."
The other night a colleague had a whole long conversation with 'Asin' and called up the next day to share her excitement about what an intimate conversation they had.
"I nearly fell off my chair. I won't name this actress. But she said we shared our most intimate secrets on Facebook. I nearly fell off my chair and asked her whom did she share her secrets with because it was most certainly not me. Two days ago, a journalist came to interview me and said she got all the information on me from what I had written on Twitter. For the record, I'm not on any of the social-networking websites. Apart from my own website, I am not on the internet for any other purpose. I started blogging even before Aamir did in August 2005,"Asin declares proudly.
Asin is aghast. "I was clubbed with Chetan Bhagat and Shashi Tharoor and put on a social networking website. But I'm not on Orkut, Facebook or Twitter. Apparently, there are lots of fake profiles."
The lies about Asin don't end at virtual reality. "It's been ages since I have had non-vegetarian food. For all practical purposes I'm a vegetarian. But I read this horrible report about how I love all kinds of exotic meats. I haven't been approached by PETA. But that doesn't mean I've to go the other way."
"Hey there... Asin is using Twitter," declares the latest social networking website, and then goes on to give us gems like 'I want to act in a Tamil movie' from the actress. There's just one problem. Asin is not on Twitter... or any of the social networking websites. And she can't laugh off the impersonations any longer.