Friday, February 1, 2008

A tele-protagonists' dilemma !

Just when I was rid of my end term examinations and was strolling in Andheri with my friends to celebrate the joyous occasion, a huge billboard caught my eye - one of the tele-serial bahus, with the typical tele-serial look (expression, make-up, saree, bindi included) posing a tricky question to the audience of the hoarding - "Saas sasur ki salgirah ya mayke mein pooja - Aap meri jagah hote to kya karte?" (For those not conversant with Hindi - "My in-laws' anniversary party or pooja at parents' house ? What would you have attended if you were in my position?").

Now for those of you who are already rolling on the floor, laughing away to glory, I'd like to emphasize upon the criticality and urgency of this question. Do you people even realize that it was close to a life-and-death situation for this poor female? Lets explore some options...

You say that she could've easily divided her time between the two? HAH ! Fat chance! With all her poor luck (and ours too!), the very muhurat for both the events would match till the last millisecond washing out any multi-tasking plans she might have had.

You say that she could've attended the anniversary party and ditched her parents? Woah ! You inhuman soul! The very same parents who nurtured HER from childhood till adulthood and finally managed to get her married into a nice rich family (where the in-laws throw prompt anniversary parties :P) will now be deprived of her company on such an important occasion? To add to the trouble, the pooja is probably meant for the longer life of her ailing father/ mother/ brother/ sister/ bua/ tai/ tau/ mausa / mausi / kaka/ kaki/ ba/ ba's ba etc and is an absolute must-attend!

You say that she could've attended ghar ki pooja and ditched the party at in-laws' house? Now thats where you cross all lines! How will she ever come back her in-laws' place? Won't they burn her alive? Won't they torture her and ridicule her all her life for not joining in the celebration of their matrimonial union? Won't they get her divorced? Won't they disown her? The poor soul will then have nowhere to go (neither will YOU when you sit there watching episode after episode of tears trickling down the protagonist's eyes!)

I urge all readers of this blog to spare some time and give a serious thought to this poor female's dilemma. Help her out - by helping her out in solving this dilemma, you'll not only help her but also help a large section of the populace by saving them innumerable episodes of long winding discussions, unending tears, unceremonious slapping, shameless lying and bitter verbal retorts! Do tune in to future episodes of "Babul... blah blah.. aangan.. etc etc.." on one of the regular saas-bahu channels (Sony/ Star/ Zee) to know more and advise the protagonist.

Till next time.. Cheers !


Bhanita said...

yes this ad is everywhere nowadays..but never laughed at it so much until I read your blog :P
U have just earned urself the title of the "Best Promoter" of saas-bahu serials!!

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Gagan said...

Every time you write, true sympathy oozes out of you for the helpless. I'm glad you have time to notice everyones worries. Besides, look at the effect it has on you!!! You have to be touched to write an entry like this. Good Abhinav, I knew you have this kind little emotional person in you.

Preethi said...

Hehe... Funny!! Abhinav, will you also be posting daily/weekly updates of what happens in this serial? :P

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Maya said...

Hi Abhinav, this is the first time that I visited ur blog (got the link through PG).
After I read the post, I was a pretty confused...I was actually debating within myself if I should appreciate the way u had so well depicted a situation like this and take this as a humorous post or should I actually think about this seriously cause u have mentioned "I URGE all readers of this blog to spare some time and give a serious thought to this poor female's dilemma". Somehow unconsciously, the word URGE got written in bold in my mind the moment I read it and I found myself reading this line again and again...Finally, I managed to shoo away these 2 contradictory thoughts of mine and told myself that I shall not think about this but will stick to whatever came to my mind first and act accordingly.But,I was unsuccesful in deciding which thought occured to me first..(as it is my memory is weak....:-)..and considering the millisecond gap between the birth of these two thoughts in my mind...guess I can forgive myself for this...:-)).
Finally, I took time out and had my share of laughter.
But, then I again came back to what you had urged.Given the fact that the Poor lady's world is so small (atleast that is what we are made to believe and let us take it as true for now).If I put myself...or rather try to put myself in her shoes..probably it wont fit me..and I might not be able to connect to it...The most important thing ..the recognition of this situation as a "problem" itself is not possible.So, the Primary thing is not fulfilled.(Probably cause I am not yet married..:-)...). So, I finally decided that I will draw a similarity...try to connect this to a situation in my life......but in vain...
That is when I realised....that I had failed at the very first level...the recognition/acceptance of the Problem existence...:-)

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