General elections: India 2009

Certain TV gimmicks

I like watching TV programs but I am not a couch potato. The shows I watch regularly are a couple of TV serials, comedy shows, favorite film songs, cricket matches, and of course, the news channels just to keep myself abreast of the latest developments. 


Since most of the news channels are 24/7 by nature, you can’t expect fresh items all the time. Sometimes it is interesting to watch the young media persons extracting the views of the VIPs on a particular event and we feel a bit embarrassed or overjoyed when the VIP struggles for words—depending on who that VIP is. 


But I have my own reservations about those exquisite interviews conducted by certain senior journalists. The persons interviewed are invariably some top ranking politician and it is made to appear that it is a friendly chat but very soon we realize that we are watching a one man show. The person interviewed hardly gets a chance to express his views in a calm and collected way. He is not allowed to complete his answer, he feels so uncomfortable that he blurts out something. The next day that part of the answer hits the headline!

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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