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Watching TV

March 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

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.

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  • 1 Sunil M. // Mar 31, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Rajesh,
    I do watch(read trasnscipt/get podcast) of “This Week” at http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek.
    Brinkley retired in 1996 and then it was co-hosted. In 2002, the co-hosts retired and currently it is hosted by George Stephanopoulos.
    The quality of the show has remain same as it was in 1998 (the year I started following). Not sure how the show compares with when hosted by Brinkley.

  • 2 Siddharth Chawla // Mar 31, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    You should try Charlie Rose. It is usually very intelligent discussion.

    All shows are available at charlierose.com

    Siddharth

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