Watching TV

I watch very little TV on my own — though inadvertently, I end up with quite some TV “inhaling” given that my wife loves watching many of the serials in the evening. I watch cricket occasionally and some of the news channels. And then there is the rare movie. Very little overall.

One of my all-time favourite programmes was “The Week with David Brinkley” which I used to watch on Sunday mornings in the US when I was studying and working nearly 20 years ago. I miss a programme like that on Indian TV — one where there is some serious discussion with people who matter, rather than those interested in giving soundbytes. But then, I guess the world has moved on quite a bit during this time — and our attention span has also shortened with so many conflicting pressures on our time and the diversity of alternate ways to consume news.

Some of the TV serials are quite interesting — and have always been. The one I like is “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” on Star TV at 9:30 am. Has an old-fashioned charm and simplicity – so far. The one programme I still remember from a decade or so ago is “Rishtey” on Zee TV — hour-long stories based on relationships.