It is amazing, the number of channels there are on TV and how little there is to see. Most of the time, I find myself zapping from channel to channel trying to find a programmer I would like to watch.
It was much simpler in TV's early days, you either watched Doordarshan black-and-white, or you switched off the set and went out and got drunk. Now, I can't afford to get drunk, I may miss something. And I feel low when people tell me the next morning: "Didn't you see that! My, you missed something. And I don't think they will show it again."
So, be it. I have worked out my own system of what to watch and what to forget. Sunday mornings, I watch BPL Oye, in one extended hour I get to see and hear all the hit songs and dances of the week. It is a little repetitive, but there is fun in repetition also, a good tune, you like to hear over and over again, till it hums through your mind at odd hours.
Next, I make it a point to see BBC or CNN news once a day, preferably late in the day. If I do that, I don't have to read The Asian Age the next morning.
I don't see Doordarshan news, stopped seeing it since the time Dolly Thakore, Nirmala Mathan and Luku Sanyal stopped reading it, but I try and watch either Prannoy Roy's News Tonight, or the one put out in half Hindi and half English by Zee TV.
I watch the talk shows of both Kiran Kher (very daring) and Priya Tendulkar (Very committed). Both the ladies are made for TV, Kiran with her dimples, regally floating around the set in her gorgeous saris, Priya with her sparking eyes that do half the talking.
Monday evening, if I am at home, I watch the Mystery Movie on Star Plus at 8 p.m., though the current series I don't care for. But at 10.30 in the night, I watch Home TV, they show some lovely old British TV films, such as Rumple of the Old Bailey and Graham Greene's short stories. It is my advice to you to try out Home TV at 10.30 p.m.
I am very selective about Star Movies, most of the films they show are Hollywood rejects, but occasionally there is a gem. TNT is nearer my taste. At least, I know what I am seeing, and the films take me back many years. My method of seeing movies is record them, then replay them at leisure at 2 and 3a.m., when there is little possibility of being disturbed by people and telephones.
And I watch all the food pro-grammes, where they teach you how to make things. It is not a learning programmer; I just like to watch food being prepared.
The rest of the time, if there is any time left, I watch Discovery Channel.