So by now you've seen, I have no doubt, the email that's making the rounds that has photographs of Spectrum Raja's house? The one that says "Think Before You Vote" and "Forward as a True Indian Citizen"?
And perhaps you, certainly a true Indian citizen, did your duty and forwarded it? Perhaps you even went a step ahead and posted it here, there and who knows where else?
Perhaps you made a mental note to think before you next vote?
Well, it seems to me the thing to think about is really this: why on earth are we so gullible?
I know nothing about Raja. I hope he will face justice -- and not evade it -- for everything he is accused of. And he is accused of some pretty serious crimes involving some pretty enormous amounts of money.
Given the enormity of those crimes, I'm bewildered that someone would seek to further damn Raja by circulating a hoax about him. More than that, I'm bewildered that enough of us would forward this hoax without a thought, or a shred of doubt.
Yes, it is a hoax. The house in the pictures is actually located in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara. It was built by the California designer Steve Hermann. It was featured in the design and architecture journal Contemporist last June. It is listed for sale here (for just under $24 million). Go see the pictures for yourself.
(Thanks to Erin & Dave at Contemporist for the information).
So are you a true Indian citizen? Think before you forward.