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How The Television Acts Like A Savior During Indian Family Gatherings

Popularly known as the idiot box and the entertainment box by the respective camps, I have managed to see this box as something else, you know, tried to think out-of-the box.

Not a very witty line up there but it slaps the meaning right on your face, my very main purpose.

The television has been a very intrinsic part of my family, I can even go ahead and call it a family member for all I care. The multiple soap operas, the immortal actors with never-ending serials, the all-time breaking news, the training given on how to catch poisonous snakes, the stardust dubbed cartoons, the stand-up comedy shows, the mythological teachings, it has it all.

Now, don’t start thinking that this is my out-of-the box thinking. I will come to it after building some drama and suspense (as taught to me by the box), so that I can succeed in bursting a bigger bubble of all your energy spent in reading this article.

I will not build any more of your curiosity now and give it to you straight (no pun intended).

This magical box has helped all us introverts and phony extroverts to hold our breaths and take its support when crammed into a volley of strange faces. The characters being streamed through satellite channels have been our supporting actors when struck with boredom or forced family meetings.

It has been our music system when we are out of speakers or when we are unable to download the latest charts, our DJ when no one’s watching, a 24/7 available person for all our old grandfathers and grandmothers and our robotic medium which gives rest to our hands and demands only our eyes and ears.

Now, would these qualities not be enough to turn it into your personal savior whenever needed? You have the remote to shut it when it tries to get too close to your head or your addictive personality per se.

Thank heavens you cannot carry it around with you everywhere like your mobile phones. If that were the case, you would not have had the privilege of reading this gratuitous piece.

Zoya Seth
Zoya is one of the founding pillars of TMN and is also working on her own site "Gigareel" where she writes about movies and TV series.

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