Monday, January 29, 2007

Reality Shows-Drama Reinvented

One of the most visible shows on the TV nowdays are reality shows. And there seems nothing real on these shows except the emotions of poor viewers. There are some common characteristics of every reality show-

  1. They claim to be the biggest talent hunt show in the country.
  2. A bunch of judges are installed. Who are instructed to thrash the participant now and then, so that emotional Junta feels the need to keep these sad faces in the game.
  3. SMS voting is a part of every show, that provides the basic food for survival for the shows.
  4. Generally these shows dont bother to reveal how many sms's do they get. They only declare the results.
  5. There remains a black sheep who despite not being liked by public keeps climbing the stairs to the top. No matter how many people vote against him, he keeps getting saved (So that Bholi Bhali Junta give another try voting him out and the producers of the show mint some more money.)
  6. There are some deliberately stuffed ADs of the sponsers like mobile phone companies. The anchor tells the viewers that they can send SMS from Blah Blah handset also...(Amazing no? i thouhgt that we can send SMS from Landline only)
  7. Most thrilling part of the show happens to be the elimination day. All they have to do is announce the name of the one who gets eliminated, but they do in with a lot more creative manner. And announcement of 1 name takes about 1 hour.All the the drama is carried till viewers get emotionally exhausted. Friendship among the participant on this days gives Jai-Veeru run for their money. Specially after the name is announced, the one who is eliminated tries to show that he was expecting the same, while others start the drama. They weep like Nirupa Roy used to do in old hindi movies whenever she lost her son.

Some times judges also take part in this by indulging in vocal exchanges.The most flawed part of this concept is multiple voting. A viewer can send as much votes he can to his favourite contestent. Here come regionalism into play. But its very unlikely that this is going to change because its all about earning money.
Long live melodrama. The audience who seemed to get sick of the Saas-Bahu Drama, has now found a new way of watching people shed croco teers - The Reality Shows.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Being a Bachelor

Beep Beep....Clearly this is not one of the most soothing sounds that you would like to listen to wake up with. But this is the tragedy associated with most of the bachelors like me. Unlike those good old days when mummy used to be our alarm clock, here i am breaking the day off with the irritating sound of my mobile's alarm. Yesterday night i spent whole 15 mins browsing through my Nokia 6600 and picked the smoothest tone to set as my morning alarm. but it seems nothing sounds pleasing when you have to wake up 8 AM in the morning. Not to forget there is nobody standing with bedtea in her hands.....You have to make it at your own. I hate early morning. Specially during these chilly winters, when coming out of blanket seems a tough decision. Alarm is still ringing, i put the snooze button and decided to take 5 mins of nap. For me this nap remains more satisfying than the whole night sleep.

8:05 AM
Beep Beep.... Uhh. not again, i was just getting in for a good,refreshing nap. Without thinking too much my hand automatically crawls below the pillow, navigates to sound of alarm, snoozes it again and i am off for another 5 min. Now i start planning for the day. I have a meeting at 9:30, for this i have to leave home by 9:10 at any cost. Umm Okey today i'll drive a bit quicker...rather i'll drive smartly. So i saved 5 more mins for my satisfying nap.

8:10 AM
Beep Beep.... Snooze..

Beep Beep.... Now its time i should think smartly. I have a B.Tech. degree from a reputed college, that prooves i am smart enough. 3 years of work exp also gives me confidence of dealing with choked deadlines. Hmmm.... so if i start at 8:30, i have to put immersion rod, then get freshed(8:40), prepare breakfast(8:50), shave(9:00), Bath(???)(9:10) Dressup(9:20) Have Breakfast (9:35).. this way i will reach office by 9:50... late by 20 mins Thats huge margin. No I have to get up now..come onn...

Ok just 10 more mins in bed and then i will race away. Yes i can do it, why not? i remember once i was in nth sememster, there was a similar crisis and that day i managed getting ready in 15 mins. i can surely do it today also.

Beep Beep.... I recalculate..may be i can skip taking bath...Afterall i took bath yesterday only. And there is no law that can force me to take bath daily. Okey.. so here i am realizing that bathing is not a critical issue, sacrificed it for another 10 mins of comfort.

Clock ticks past 8:40 and now i am in real mess. i have just 30 mins and the day hasnt started yet. Put the water for getting warm, Read headlines of newspaper. Switched on the TV ,its the last day of ashes, and England lost it 5-0. Started usual chit chat with flat mates. As i am preparing myself for the hunt i glanced at the wall clock.. Damn its 9:00 Now i have 10 mins. I can manage with skipping shaving, after all its friday. Still 10 mins is too less. Ok lets skip the breakfast. I'll have it in the office, after the meeting. So all i need is to sponge myself and get ready.

I am off to office. When you are late, the world seems to be in a hurry and the traffic lights seems to be slowest. Bad start of the day. I know the boss will already be there at the meeting and i will be 10 mins late. Its January, appraisal time. You should not put a foot wrong during these 15-20 days. I should have thought abt it earlier. Damn...
I read somewhere Boss is the one who is always early when you are late. Hope this gets proved wrong today. I am riding on full throttle.

I enter the office, quickly reached to the meeting room. Nobody is there except 2-3 team members. Meeting is delayed because so and so reason. It will commence at 10:15. Back to my workstation, cheking mails, orkutting outlooking....There comes the boss and i am as proud as i could because i beat the deadline of being in the office before the boss. Good Morning Sir!! I wish with a big flashy smile(Happydent !! its really working).
Boss: So guys can we go for the meeting? Actually i was stuck in traffic jam at ^*&($^($@^(^%)....(Who cares why he was late, does he care if i get stuck in the same traffic jam?)