The “K” Mantra


These days the highlight of every woman in the house, for the day, is the chain of drama serials, aired on Star Plus every night. Now, the question is, “Why do some women religiously follow those stories when they’re not even remotely compatible or reflective of their society and certainly, don’t pertain to reality?” For instance, take those ever-so-ostentatious-cum-iame ‘saas and bahus’. Do women actually walked around their houses wearing expensive designer saris, lavish jewelry and impeccable make-up? Who is in the world wear make-up and jewelry whilst sleeping?

Secondly, all those characters HAVE to be immortal. I mean, it is mandatory, I repeat mandatory for a dead person to be ‘magically resurrected’. After shedding tears of grief over the demise of a beloved character, we are suddenly surprise by their graceful come back! If it was a road accident, then the victim had just jumped out of the car in time, before it fell into a blind abyss. Or, my favorite – he was rescued by some passer-by who took him to a hospital and because his face was utterly destroyed by shards of the windscreen, the doctor performed the ultimate in dermatological medicine – facial restoration surgery. Now, this plastic surgery not only altered his facial features, but also his height, voice, eye color and the physique. So why go for an unknown person’s body when you can transform, or rather, metamorphose into Tom Cruise or Cindy Crawford?

Another impractical aspect of these soap operas is that the house-holds shown in most of these serial are filthy – rich and highly pretentious. We come across palatial mansions, luxurious cars, larger-than-life business deals and fiscal matters of not less than millions. I say, if these serials are watched by a population in which people are below or barely approaching the poverty line, then shouldn’t their issues be addressed? Won’t it be easier for viewers to relate them?

And now above all, the length of these serials! Some of these serials have actually exceeded a thousand episodes! The extent to which the story is exaggerated and stretched is ludicrous, not to mention that the same things have been repeated that we are actually predict the next scene. Nobody’s life has so many predicaments! Lengthy emotional moments accompanied by those irritating advertisement breaks result in monotony and boredom. Yet some people cannot get enough of them.

Yes, so, I have blabbered long enough about these soaps operas, which DOES go to prove that I WAS a regular viewer of such serials at one point. But that was way back when they were new, amazing and interesting did enjoy the story lines and the Indian glitch and glamour, but I’ve grown out of it. Thanks to excess of their idiocy. These serials simply give me bouts of laughter or a reason to criticize the overrated Indian entertainment industry. Whilst it goes on corrupting our youth by indirectly imposing their culture on us, it’s a very vital method of wasting one’s time. These serials have certainly made me learn one thing ‘there is a very thin line between heroism and humor’. You never know when you cross it.

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About wasiddiqui

Wajeeha Asrar Siddiqui is a Karachi based freelance writer and blogger and has main aim to spread awareness via Wajeeha’s Official Blog. (http:wasiddiqui.com) Wajeeha is writing on her blog since 2008. Her aim is to promote education along with awareness in Pakistani society. According to her, one of the main reasons for what Pakistan is lacking behind is lack of proper education, proper counseling, and proper implementation of education. She mostly picked topics on social issues and daily life with a little mixture of some random thoughts.

Posted on March 17, 2009, in Critical, Indian Entertainment and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. great post wajeeha. this indian serial watchin really must stop.

  2. imtiazipakistan

    thats what SOAPs are about, anything but reality. A big waste of time. Actually anything coming out of Indian channels and the film industry is not worth spending time on, most of them are copy jobs anyway. All of these are actually tools or extensions of the Indian Foreign office, they want India to projected like that, rich, progressive, democratic, people living in huge houses even if they are poor. I am totally amazed by the houses these poor soap families live in, have you noticed? its hilarious.

    • yes, everything about Indian soaps is hilarious, the way poor lives with all luxuries. But the thing I condemn most about Indian media is the way they portrait women and Islam. it is far away from reality.

  3. sulemanhadi

    I totally agree with you on the stance that woman in our society are wasting their time on watching such fantasy serials which doesn’t even represent our culture, but does effect our role; way of thinking, and the way we grow up our young generation. A Muslim woman watching un-Islamic culture and then promoting unintentionally through her conversation, dress and appearance may cause more damage to our society than ignorance.
    However I have found a very good solution that may influence our women to watch such serials or other unconstructive activities. We fall prey to such things only when there is nothing else that can attract our leisure time towards it. Human being is always trapped in the “Present”, and thus whatever he find in front of him and in his presence, that is easily available he use it to take himself away from what he consider his sufferings.
    In order to mend this habit we should always keep good books, CDs, and good company; so that the elements of good habits overcome most of our leisure activities. The more we keep positive and productive things around us the more we shed our unconstructive behavior. However while doing so one must keep a balance, so that a static surrounding doesn’t push them back in the previous state.

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