For someone who watches TV incessantly because it’s part of the job, I can say, without any hesitation, that Hindi entertainment channels can often be injurious to your health.
(a) have a seizure
(b) go into a decline and have to be revived with Bill Bryson’s Notes From A Big Country, the funniest book, ever, by an inveterate grumbler
(c) have some other major allergic reaction (like wanting to retire to a no-TV planet, preferably somewhere deep in outer space).
Really, what else can happen when you see the lead actress of a serial caressing a laptop for over 10 minutes in a 23-minute episode? That’s Sandhya in a serial called Diya Aur Bati. (Why, you ask? Because she’s so happy to see a laptop? Because this way the producers managed to fill up 10 minutes of airtime? Because... who knows?)
Or what do you do when you see the heroine of another show recoil everytime she sees a ‘brown’ person? That’s in a show called Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat. (I just hope she never runs into me, very definitely a ‘brown’ person.)
Then there was this instance when...
From HT Brunch, May 12
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