Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Serial killer...

Now i'm really flustered.

Yesterday evening I was lounging around at home (Yes, i'm in Delhi :) ). My sister had come over and I was playing around with my niece when a sudden phenomenon hit me. There was some weird shehnai kind of music playing on TV (parents got a big LCD tv recently, man, its seriously different. Thats the next TV i'll buy), and pin drop silence all around. I looked up and the weirdest sight ever hit me smack in the middle of my face.

My mom (ok), my dad (what??) and my sister (The sky is falling down, run!!!) were staring at the screen - transfixed, immobile- as a 'K' type serial was running on TV (A saas bahu family drama with garish dresses, loads of sindoor, heavy (and obviously fake) jewellery, and women trying to steal each other's pathetic, effeminate, mama's boy type of husbands while plotting the downfall of

a. their own family
b. the enemy's family
c. Oh, what the hell, ANY bloody family would do!

)

Now Mom, I understand - thats the target market of these soaps.

Dad? uhh, ok maybe getting stuck with mom and granny and only two TVs at home made him a convert. (By the way, this wasn't a passing or a oh-might-as-well-like-it kind of interest. No sir, dad was actually discussing the story and commenting and theorising about the future twists and turns in the tale. aargghh )

BUT SIS!! How could she do it? She was my partner while we made fun of the serials coming on TV to such an extent that Mom would throw up her hands and bellow at us. She was the one with whom i'd pass sly smiles while I would ask my mom questions about the serials that would prove beyond doubt that she remembers none of the stories except as a mish-mash of all the serials coming on TV.

Sis, you disappoint me :(

Now its just me and J (my niece) who snigger at such serials (and she doesn't count cos she's just 2 and was laughing at the faces I was pulling at her )

sigh...

6 comments:

raindrops said...

What amuses me most is the fact that we don't apparently like the 'K' series but still land up watching them (a generic comment exceptions do exist!! );if one has TV!, irrespective of age,sex, profession etc , somewhere we love to exist in duality and not accept our 'other' side...

Swapnil said...

I would've loved to vociferously deny this accusation, but I guess you're right. My Dad and sis' conversion being a case in point. I haven't succumbed, but then I don't stay in a family situation. Who knows what'd happen then (gulp)

raindrops said...

So there exists in us(those who have'nt succumbed yet), a fear of discovering our gulliblity any moment!! alas

Swapnil said...

It sure does, but i'm hoping this K revolution will peter out by the time I approach conversion.
You, on the other hand, seem to be living through the conversion...

The Hermit of Wandering Thoughts said...

they suck you in.. every time youre out, they suck you right back in...

It amazes me too of how these silly jerking camera jerk off serials captivate and ensnare the janta...

The Horror.. The Horror...

Swapnil said...

Hermit: the horror , the horror is right...chin up brother, you shall survive..