Surf any channel and you’re sure to land up on a reality show.. Though these shows are more mockery than a reality check and have by far nothing to do with anything real !! Colours the channel airing the third season of the infamous “Big Boss ” has run into trouble with an obscenity suite being slapped on them . Why as a nation are we so taken in with reality television ?? Well for one we’ve always been a rather voyeuristic and curious set of people. Reality television is an extension of these voyeuristic tendencies. We are always keen on poking our noses in other peoples’ lives.. No one in the world except us Indians can get away with asking intrusive questions like ” Why aren’t you married yet you’re touching twenty-five ? How much is your salary ? It is high time you should think of having children, don’t you think so ? The concept of an individual’s privacy which is so sacrosanct to the western world is completely non-existent in the Indian set up !! What privacy we are like this only and unabashedly so !! No wonder when celebrities learn child rearing , look for a life partner and shed copious tears ( it has to be glycerine ;)) it catches our fancy and we lap it up since its and extension of our habit of poking our nose in other people’s business.
Yesterday i wrote of apathy and today about being voyeuristic and poking our nose into other people lives !! Am I contradicting myself … no think again…this is what being Indian is all about !! What’s your take on this ??