Believe me, I have been away from the Idiot Box for two years. I do not have a cable connection but watch movies on my DVD. Have I missed anything? Absolutely nothing, except maybe BBC, CNN and Sun/Jaya TV (to check on hometown happenings).
The illeffects of TV have been discussed for years; how it leaves people overweight; how kids who view violent acts show aggressive behavior; etc. According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, long periods sitting before TV leads to obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes and higher risk of death, irrespective of moderate or vigorous exercise.
OK, enough of scaring you. My anger at TV is the discord it creates at homes. I knocked at a relative’s door in Chennai and heard a loud noise: “Rascal, Why did you come back. Get lost.” Oh, it was from the TV.
Oof. I wiped my sweat when the relative opened the door. He looked at me and again at the TV. The entire bloody family were like maniacs addicted to TV. It took 20 minutes for the serial to end and the folks to return to normal and recognize my presence.
I know families that have split because of TV. How? Elderly people spend time before TV. Several middle class families in Mumbai/Chennai live in 1 or 2 room houses. Children are not able to study in peace. Wives returning home after a hard day’s work end up quarelling with their inlaws. What? Not in your house? You are lucky buddy.
But at home I can’t complain. My wife is jumping with joy. The political party in Tamil Nadu which formed the government distributed free colour TVs to all families. And she got one free for my home.
Hey, why am I complaining about TV?