And here I was looking out of the Time Cover with wide opened eyes, cheesy smile and yellow teeth. The time magazine had proudly featured me on its cover, I told myself.
With headline in bold and white colour āYashica Jalhotra- The new rage in the Asian continentā, the cover looked superbly classy.
With a copy of the cover in my hand, half reclined on my lounger, I was relishing with my own web of thoughts of becoming a famous celebrity and getting honoured by the US President in the White House when my door bell rung. I woke up in the dreamy state and opened the door only to see Ankit with my half opened eyes.
āSh*t, what the hell he is doing here!ā I screamed from inside.
āWhen did Time magazine feature you?ā he screamed from outside.
And as I opened the door, Ankit fastly walked inside my home and pointed towards the frame displayed on the prominent wall of my house.
āI came to your home today morning and I saw this frame. You have framed a Time cover with your photo on it !ā
āOh, this!ā This coverā¦ it’s nothing you know. Itās justā¦ā with shortage of words, I tried to respond but thanks to his patience levels, he interrupted me.
āItās nothing? Itās TIME and you say itās nothing. By the way, why are you featured on the cover, I couldnāt find any story about you inside any Time magazine.ā
Ankit has given me no scope to escape from my own home. And his curiosity wouldnāt settle even if I bribe him with five cups of tea.
āItās a phoney cover. I was inspired by Trump.ā I declared.
And why shouldnāt I? If Trump can do it, so can I. If Trump mattered to the world so do I. If he is the āworld leader in social mediaā, so am I.
The only difference would be that unlike Trump, I wonāt be trolled.
According to a report published in the Washington Post, at least four fake Time covers featuring the US President have been mounted in Trumpās golf courses and I have framed only one, what a shame.
āDonald Trump: The āApprenticeā is a television smash,ā read the caption of the photo and above the magazineās nameplate another headline was āTRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!ā
According to reports, the cover was definitely fake as the red border of the Trumpās cover was āskinnier than that of a genuine Time cover.ā
To confirm the fakeness of the cover, Kerri Chyka, a spokeswoman for Time Inc., wrote an email to The Washington Post saying āI can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover.ā
Not only this, the magazine had also asked the Trump Organization to remove the fake cover from the walls where it was displayed.
During a visit to one of Trumpās private clubs, an eagle-eyed reporter discovered these phoney covers. He highlighted not only one but several discrepancies between the original Time cover and this fake one. The exclamation points after two of the cover lines; The lack of a thin white border inside the red border and the headlines aligned on the right of the page, rather than the top were the observations of this reporter.
Keeping in mind these ālittle but telling mistakesā of Trumpās cover I printed my cover with thicker red border and used the headline without any exclamation signs. To further safeguard myself, I hang a notice outside my house stating āEagle-eyed journalists are not allowed inside the premisesā but who knew that in place of an eagle a vulture would enter my home.
The man who is often seen speaking against fake news and incredible sources of journalists has now himself became a reservoir of phoney attitude.
While many people are angered and many are amused over Trumpās Fake Time Covers, millions of people who voted for him, (which by the way is still surprising why they did) want to know the reasons which led to these fake covers.
Giving due consideration to Yashicaās fake cover design, the Time magazine has decided to feature her on the next cover, the headline for which would be- Best phoney designer of the year.
Send your designs, I mean letters to her at firstname.lastname@example.org