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People speak: No TV Day
Hindustan Times
January 17, 2011
First Published: 14:39 IST(17/1/2011)
Last Updated: 16:26 IST(17/1/2011)

No TV Day scheduled for January 29 is supported by celebs as well as common people. Read on to know what they are saying about the initiative.

Deepika Padukone: I really appreciate HT’s initiative and would urge people to step out of their daily routine, may be go for a walk or read a book.

Kiran Rao: Through HT’s initiative, you are getting a chance to rediscover this city. Go to unusual places, explore and for once.

Mahesh Jethmalani: I gladly support HT’s No TV Day initiative on January 29. It would mean more quality time with my wife and three delightful children. Even otherwise, I avoid the idiot box on weekends, unless there is an interesting sports events like cricket. —lawyer

Vatsal Bulsara: I like the idea of No TV Day on 29 January. Our family life is scheduled according to TV programmes. But on January 29, we are taking out time for the city. This is my plan for the day: I will begin the day by visiting Siddhivinayak temple and then the Mahalakshmi temple. This will be followed up with a yummy lunch at Swati Snacks. Then we will go to museum and to the Gateway of India and take a boat ride. We will then chill with a beer at Café Leopold and have dinner at Bade Miya’s.

Aayush Jain: I am a Class 7 student and a regular reader of Hindustan Times. I was very happy to read that Hindustan Times has taken an innovative step to celebrate January 29 as No TV Day. Today, it is very difficult to spend a day without watching television but it is not impossible. Usually on Saturdays I watch television but on January 29 we have decided to keep the TV off and spend my entire day reading books. When my father gets back from work, we plan to go out for a big family dinner.

Leander Paes: I will spend the ‘No TV Day’ playing football with my daughter Aiyana. Mumbai is a fascinating city with many things to do. I feel people should find time to visit art galleries, tiny lanes woven with heritage buildings or just the seafront. A day off from the TV set will give us a chance to catch up on quite a few things. Hey, go out and play some sport!

Sapa Jeswani: On No TV Day, I will buy a Rs25 bus ticket and go on Mumbai darshan trip with my family. I also plan to check out Hindustan Times to seek information on better ways of spending my day.

Rheaa Rao: I have few random ideas in mind for January 29. These include: A picnic with vada pav as the main menu and item songs at the backdrop in small gardens at signals. Viewing the traffic rush in the city from the skywalk. Riding across the city in an autorickshaw. Taking a horse ride around Marine Drive while singing Bollywood songs.

S Ajit Kumar Pillai: My plan for January 29 (HT’s No TV Day) includes playing scrabble, pictionary, chess and sudoku. I would like to visit spots such as Gateway of India and Sanjay Gandhi National Park among others. I also wish to spend some time with children at an orphanage and do some community work. An apt way to end the day would be with a game of antakshari with my family.

Can you stay away for the TV for an entire day? Email us at notvday@hindustantimes.com with a pledge and plan


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