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Tv time is new family time

Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Chennai: First there were books that people pored over. Then came TV that got people glued to it. The TV mania wiped out library loads of books even though it came to be dubbed as the idiot box.

This view has to be contested - not because there are very educative TV channels like Nat Geo and History - but also because TV plays a vital role in society now.

Let us limit ourselves to just TV serials that grab eyeballs in thousands. Not just that, we fi nd that serials have become great unifying forces.

Wonder how? It is not uncommon to find whole families watching serials together. Whether it does them good or not, even children are drawn into the ‘charmed’ circle of viewers.

I find people drop whatever they do at home to watch a particular serial with the whole family. Serial time is the new family time. Some families even eat together in front of the TV, not wanting to miss their favourite serial or their meal.

Though people isolated themselves while reading books, they did come together while discussing the contents of the book or about the author.

The same happens with serials on TV. People may seem immersed in the plot, but conversation also goes around among the family members about its stupidity or otherwise. Whatever be the drawbacks of the serials, and however blase the plots might appear, one must grant it that many people find them gripping.

Each day’s episode ends in suspense even if it is only a minor one like a character showing surprise at the entry of another person. The next day there is a scramble to see that serial to fi nd out who that person is. TV serials not only bring the family together in one room, they also lead to discussions among friends and relatives.

One often hears serials being discussed by friends on public transport or in the offi ce. So, more power to serials that bring families / people together. Time to frame the aphorism ‘a family that watches serials together, stays together’.

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