Friday, August 2, 2013

How Idiotic is The Box?

 
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We humans are latched to Pet Peeves (PPs). Everyone has their own list of PPs and being no exception to this phenomenon I have a collection of my own. No you are not going to read about everything that annoys me, for my life is an open book akin to that of Tom Riddle's Diary. Write the question and you will be illuminated with information only which I wish to give away or else it's just blank; exceptions exist. And for those who are getting delicious ideas that it's a Horcrux…let me disappoint you with a "No".

Coming back to my PPs, nowadays a certain pet has begun to annoy me the most and with time it's just getting worse; the Indian TV shows. Yes, Indian Television shows have become my Pet Peeves. 99% of them are trash. It's argued that, the absolute reason for producing such soaps and shows are the viewers. Really? R E A L L Y?

Well, to begin with- people don't have many choices to choose from, they eat what they are fed. 
With no choice given and television being the most convenient source of amusement for most of the housewives or even others who seek a break from their long hours of labor and switch on the TV set to find some solace in the form of pure entertainment.

The ongoing fad, the Reality shows, which are competitive in nature, entered the industry with freshness, promising crisp summer breeze for us to breathe. But soon a pattern emerged. Judges make same old comments… actors and directors promote their movies on these shows...contestants talk about their struggles, their financial conditions and people sympathize and vote. No guesses for the real winners here.

If these serial/soaps/shows are the demi-gods of television then News Channels are the God. Besides, having everything "Breaking" in their channels, they also choose to play a piece of melodramatic music even for a grieving news.

Then we have our anchors/hosts. Most of them if not all, shout and scream as if they are on a mission to damage our ear drums and sabotage our hearing abilities. They are music lovers too; they sing announce the names or the scores 
of the contestants- "And the score is... Twentyyyyyyyyy". I always wonder if a simple "20" would be boring.

Some might ask me to switch a channel if I don't like what is being aired, well, being the bearer of well nurtured intelligent cells, I certainly do that, but it hurts watching the motherly brigade glued to serials which plays monstrous games with their EQs and IQs. Does the Television really have to live up to it's nick; the Idiot box?
I crave for gems like Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Surabhi, Shirman-Shirmati, Office-Office, etc. 
The only Indian show from the recent lot that has shown great quality is Satyameva Jayate and I am lookign forward for its next season.

I want to see our channels to come up with some great shows. Shows where ladies don't look like they are always ready to attend a wedding ceremony or where a shocking expression doesn't mean high pitched triplets; “kya-kya-kya”, along with the camera panning the actor's face from different angles or where the over the top, hideous expressions of emotions don't exist. And better news channels with no chillum-chilli and nothing breaking.

*Fingers Crossed*
Wrapping up for now... off to watch a movie...oops its 12.25 am, will catch up with the movies tomorrow. 


P.S. Those who don't speak Harry Potter, you may Google for Tom Riddle's Diary and Horcrux.

38 comments:

  1. Loved how you started your article! Tom Riddle ki behan eh? ;)

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    1. Haan Tommy Bhaiya mere :P

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    2. Rakshabandhan is near.
      What say? Call Tommy to tie rakhi? ;)

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    3. He arrives on Rakshabandhan day without invitation :P

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  2. You know these days I have almost quit watching TV, except for the weekends when I watch JDJ and 'Comedy Nights with Kapil'. You are bang on right. The channel producers just want to rake in money these days. So, they keep bringing back those box-office biggies 'Bigg Boss', 'KBC', 'Indian Idol' and the likes. I don't mind them, but it is the attitude of the channel wallahs which pains me.
    I love horror so much, but there is a dearth of good horror shows or films in India (no, dont't you even talk of RGV).

    PS- You know, it brought a smile on my lips when you mentioned about 'Shreeman Shrimati' and 'Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai'. The former is the number one TV show i have ever watched and the latter features in the top 5 or 7.
    I remember u know that Shreeman Shrimati would beam on Tuesdays at 8 pm (they changed it from Friday, 8 pm) and I had my maths tuition during those days. I guess i was in class 6 or something. And I would tell my sir right after entering his home, that "Sir aaj mujhe 7:45 tak chod dijiyega." :P

    PPS- I didn't know that you too are a Potter fan. I thought me and Bushra were the only ones.

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    1. "BiGG Boss" gives me headache of the century :x
      yea.. Comedy Nights with Kapil is good... JDJ and Indian idol..for the contestants and the talent.. rest again the crap starts.

      Ugh.. horror shows and movies toh bhagwaan hi bachaye unnse.

      Hahaha... I want to know what your Math teacher did :P

      I am a HUGE Potter Fan.. high-5s :D

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    2. My sir knew i was a gone case :p

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    3. lol or maybe even he was Shreeman-Shreemati fan :P

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    4. Then its the one you mentioned... you being a gone case :P

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    5. Maine repeat kar diyana :-/ :P

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    1. Time is the only solution. So we wait.

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  4. Nammo .. diyo cho dhore !! hhehehe ! In simple words .. TV shows ahve become annoying .. I watch a little bit of Kapil's gag show .. and too mcuh of film promotion every where .. and then Mithun Da's Mumtaza Mumtaza.. Madhuri's PeFFEct ... those partcipants singing their fight to reach to that stage .. they not even leaving kids in reality shows .. In Simple words .. TV fatigue it has created .. and yes those Breaking News ..
    the serials you mentioned were gem .. and there is only one soap you can watch that is Tarak Mehta !!
    Rest all nahi nahi nahi .. Sick serials .. To hell with them ..

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    1. Lol... bhaloi diye bol? :P
      Mumtaza Mumtaza abar ki :-o? Err.. never mind.. dont even want to know.

      Yaar even Tarak Mehta has ladies with 36 layers of makeup and loud characters...FIR is much better.

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  5. Yep, the channels are like that giving us mental swirls and swings.Pitifully, this happens always. If one channel gets its TRP rating up for a program, then the other channels present that programs in different avatars.

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    1. Exactly... and none of them works to better them but comes with the worse avatar.

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  6. I believe Indians should come with really good stuff on tv or else audience would drop with time


    And its great to know you are a potter fan :)

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    1. True that Karanvir.

      Thanks and I assume so are you :)

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    2. Arre, hum bhi Potterwale hai! :D

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    3. Wah Brandy... ajaa club banate hain; Potter club ;)

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  7. I too dislike the TV shows, Jhalak dikhla ja is fine. That's all! Crime patrol has some amount of reality. Great post Namrota.

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    1. Thanks Indrani and yes, true Crime Patrol is a much better show .. and JDJ is entertaining for the dance part and with Manish and Kapil as its anchors.

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  8. Very annoying, thank you very much. But sill, I'd prefer Arnab and his incoherent screeching to Indian idol and comedy circus any day of the week.

    And by the way, I can do the 'kya-kya-kya' pretty well and without the thunderous music. I'm a small time mime artist of sorts, you know! And I love to amuse first timers with my little performance!

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    1. Yaar Arnab's screeching and the so called debate he conducts gives me headache. :(

      Now .. when we meet, the first thing I want you to do is the "Kya-kya-kya" thing... :D

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  9. I have always been saying that Indian Television scaled from up to down as time passed. The shows in the 90s were so much smarter, funnier and were greatly written.
    These days, the most that annoys me are not the sas-bahu sagas (I metaphorically, had my dog ate the channel number buttons on my remote, on which these shows are broadcast-ed) but, the shows on MTV and Channel V. They are nothing but, the same sas-bahu saga in minis and tank tops. Difference - even the boys there, acts like bahus. I hated shows like Roadies and other similar ones from the start but, I was shocked to see the fanatic fans of those shows which is why they annoy me the most as they are ones watched my coming generation.
    Anyway, I am exploring lots of bloggers these days and from all, I could relate to you the most. We should be blog budddies! Haha.
    Phewww longest comment in the history of comments.

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    1. "sas-bahu saga in minis and tank tops. Difference - even the boys there, acts like bahus."... Hahahaha :D

      I loath shows like roadies, splitsville..etc.. just one episode was enough for me to detest them...and I so agree with you .. how the next gen are growing up loving these shows. They are pathetic.

      I too feel we should be blog buddies.. I love your visits ..and your comments make it clear to me..that we have so much in common :D
      and this I feel this is one of the lengthiest replies in the history of blogging..and if not then at least on my blog :D :P

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  10. Kapil's show is a good watch..
    The newer reality shows are not at all interesting..especially if we reach home after a tiring day..and soap operas have always picked my brains..
    Well, I have written a short piece about reality shows to put my view forward: http://karan-sampat.blogspot.in/2013/04/do-reality-shows-do-more-harm-than-good.html

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    1. Went through your Post... very well written..and Yes Kapil is great :)

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  11. I hate watching TV. My husband loves watching it and so its like clash of the titans. Being a working person, I get no time to write and read if I continue to watch TV as well. And you know yourself how TV only adds various flavours of screaming " Twentyyyyy" to your life :D :D

    I can see in comments, Kapil nights is famous and I would confess I like it too :)

    Richa

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    1. Gal.. I totally can relate to it.. how its difficult to take out time for TV with your handsfull...but then I don;t think you are missing on anything. ;)

      and yes.. Kapil's show grabs my love too ;)

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  12. watch comedy central, travel and living and movie channels, no serials for me , lol

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    1. That's the thing .. because of these silly-pilly shows.. we switch to the non-Indian programs. My favorite; FRIENDS :P

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  13. Nice read indeed............


    You may also find Kenfolios interesting......

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  14. Nowadays watching Tv is the worst nightmare. Ads between soaps, ads between News ads everywhere and most of all nothing worthy is shown these days. A nice one. Loved the starting Namrota :)

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    1. Thank you Saurabh.. and I second you totally.. the ads are joy kills, literally.

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