Category Archives: Television

Indian preposterous league

Welcome to a game where they choose to break the game’s rhythm to make it a spectacle, where they choose to wire up players and umpires to entertain people, where they bring young women paid to tart up the game with their bodies on display. Sports is entertainment, the sooner we understand that, the better it is. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Indian Premier League. Continue reading

Sweat and glory

Sweat has always been a part of popular poetry and culture. Blood, Sweat and tears are terms used by writers across cultures to depict struggle, bravery and revolution. Sweat also finds its place in literature describing physical beauty. The glitter of sweat droplets on a female body, or the shining muscles of a male body in its own sweat, are beautifying tools used by authors across the world. Continue reading

Deceptive debates

Lady Saga has done it again. In a prime time show in her husband’s news channel CNN-IBN, she cheated her viewers into believing that a per-recorded interview was live. She even invited 3 panelists to debate with a recorded tape 🙂 Continue reading

Muqaddar ke sikandar

I am not a big fan of contemporary television shows. Well, my parents are. These days, whenever I speak to my parents over phone, they tend to go gaga about Kaun Banega Crorepati. I had watched a few episodes last month. I also watched the re-runs of a few episodes recently. And I must say, the show is impressive, often inspiring. The reason is simple- the nature and the background of the contestants on the show. Continue reading

Giddie Up!

Seinfeld is arguably one of the best sitcoms of all times. No wonder, it topped the list of greatest TV shows of all time. Not only did it break several conventions of mainstream television, it was truly a show about “nothing”. Take Led Zeppelin, Beatles, or the Design Pattern authors, a gang of four geniuses has always created history. Seinfeld reinforces this norm. It was a tribute to stand up comedy circuit that breathes in the American underground art houses. Continue reading

Don’t we all wish we lived in Malgudi?

This could have been just a normal story. But RK Narayan’s wit and childlike innocence had turned it into something special, and made it the one of a kind book to read. To add to it was the perfect direction by Shankar Nag. And it became a 360 degree reflection of life in Malnad, the culture and the beauty of the place we so dearly call Malgudi. Continue reading

Intellectual Property for the intellectuals

The Film Federation of India has banned Javed Akhtar. Will we continue to tolerate the moneymaking criminals who consider art as the media of filling their coffers? Isn’t it high time we stand up for the ‘real intellectuals’ of our country? Read my latest article on the-NRI