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Why Game of Thrones is no different than an Ekta Kapoor Soap

My history with Game of Thrones is a bit patchy; I had always found it slow and for the first 8 attempts to watch it I couldn’t even finish the first fifteen minutes of the pilot or the first episode. However, on the insistence of a very dear friend, who made me watch it sit through season one and two forcefully I did complete watching season 6 which is the last telecasted season as we write this.

I liked Game of Thrones for a lot of things but somehow I find it overhyped and the storyline a tad slow for my personal liking. Nevertheless it is a good series and worth a watch once at least.

One of these days when I was thinking why we don’t have series like Game of Thrones in India (mythology Ramayna & Mahabharata doesn’t count).I realised that we had series on Indian TV which had striking similarities to Game of Thrones and apparently they were all made by the likes of Ekta Kapoor of the Balaji Telefilms.

If you would have seen the series Goodness Gracious Me, I would even claim that GoT is Indian. and probably written by the scriptwriters at Balaji Telefilms and directed by Ekta Kapoor herself. The GoT is:

  • A Series are about powerful families which hold considerable influence and power. Sounds  Indian.
  • Both have females which are hatching conspiracies after conspiracies and other females/males trying to save their families from the aforementioned conspiracies. Again every Indian TV soap which was or is running absolutely Indian.
  • When there is a build up of possibility of truce between the warring families there is a death removing the possibility and also extending the length of the time show can run. Only an Indian Television series could do that. Remember where everyone except Ba was dying in one of the Ekta Kapoor series
  • They run in parallel universes where black magic, dragons, fortune telling, changing faces and the dead being alive again exist as a fair possibility. Is there anyway this could have been based anywhere out of India?
  • The family money running out seems to be one of the common themes. Again Indian.
  • They feature children being born out of the wedlock which eventually start having a say in the family matters. Seems like Indian to me.
  • Mothers influencing son’s against the Daughter in Law. Come on, can it get more Indian than that?
  • There are lavish weddings and conspiracies are executed during the wedding. Does anything says more Indian than a conspiracy filled lavish wedding.
  • The devils which rise from the dead have shiny blue eyes and are killed with dragon glass ( don’t ask me what it is) and Valerian steel. Somehow reminds me of Shiv Mandir ka trishul which can kill the blue eyed demon.
  • The traditional expectation from the women is to work in the household and provide the family with a son who is an heir. However, there are a few girls/ladies which are defying these traditional roles. I don’t need to convince you anymore, do I?
  • People seem to wake up with swords and armours as the ladies in Indian series seem to be waking up with their makeup and jewellery on.
  • If you translate the title to Hindi it translates to “Khel Kursi Ka” “KKhel Kursi Ka”. From the point where I see it has written Ekta Kapoor all over it.

So this is my motivation for following Game of Thrones, it is a drama series which packs all the bells, whistles and the punches from an Indian television soap which makes it a very interesting watch. What makes it perfect and go beyond what an Indian soaps offer, the number and detail of beautiful naked women they show on screen. Yeah so my categorisation for Game of Throne is soft porn setup in the context of an Indian drama or vice versa if you like.

Why Mia Khalifa Should Not Come OnBig Boss

If you have been a reader of this blog, then you must have already realized that this is another desperate attempt by me to stage a comeback. This time around I intend to do a lot of serious blogging, around serious issues. For my not so grand comeback I decided to use the strategy which our Indian media uses to bring to you the best and most important happenings across the world. So, like any mainstream news channel I will take up the most important issue which needs to be discussed and debated for our national interests. Is that issue-

  • The Syrian immigrant situation in Europe. Not really 80% of Indians will not be able to locate Syria on the map; and we all know if you can’t find it on the map it is not important.
  • The Floods in Assam. Well that happens almost every year and nobody thinks it is important enough to cover
  • Meat Ban; Hmmm are you kidding me? You think anybody can cover the meat ban in Indian media when the main stream Media like Times is owned by Jains themselves, HT is owned by Sobhana Bhartia who is a Marwari, and Network 18 which is owned by a Gujrati Family. You really think we can discuss meat ban. You know the Free Speech comes with a small asterisks which indicates conditions apply.
  • So, like the Indian media we will contemplate on the most significant topic which haunts India today “Should Mia Khalifa become a contender for Big Boss season9?”
    The answer to this question from the Indian viewer’s perspective is quite simple. Where else it can happen the entire family gets to sit together in the living room while eating chips, drinking tea while watching one of the best porn star in the world on the 42” television in HD quality. The last time it happened was only during BB S5 and even then a lot of people did not have the HD set top boxes. So the answer from the vehement yes, why should the father and son have to watch them separately hiding under the blanket or in the bathroom on the 5” small screens of cellphone or 12” screens of the laptops. India deserves better, it deserves to be in the living room with the family to enjoy their porn star in full HD.
    So, you must be wondering then where is the debate in this, it is for Mia? Is it a good move for her to become a contestant on BB S9?
    In the interest of full disclosure, which I hope Mia will appreciate too, I would like to mention that I will be completely objective in my analysis. Irrespective of being a fan of her and a recipient of immense pleasure out of her past and current work which she has been doing.
    So coming back to the original question, I believe she should say no. if we take a stock that how she compares to the last year’s winners. The Wikipedia page of Gautam Gulati last year mentions “In Darpok (‘Coward’ in English) Gulati played the role of a 28-year-old man, living under trauma for not being able to prevent his mother from being raped when he was a child. His helplessness continued to haunt him until he planned to avenge it”. Apparently being a part of big boss wasn’t enough and he had to play this role too. Now compare that with Mia who has already done numerous short and long films with variety of roles with great intensity already; her films and videos have more than 1.5 million views which is 20 times the population of Cannes itself. What can winning Big Boss provide her which she hasn’t done already?
    The other factor can be a career in Bollywood, which can be quite glamorous and luring. The fact remains that we will get her and either make her do cameo appearances in films or work with the directors who have the uncanny ability to make flops like Mahesh Bhatt and Bobby Khan (if you haven’t heard of him; Google him right now and take notice of the incredible pieces of motion pictures he has been involved with). Anyways, the so called mainstream and posh production houses will not caste her in a movie; aakhir Indian culture or values naam ki bhi to koi cheez hoti hai.

    The third criteria might be that she might have an old Indian aunt who I more than eager for her to get married with a “Seedha Sharif Desi Munda”. Apparently, Mia doesn’t have any such aunt and additionally it breaks my heart to write this; she is already married and that too with an American guy named Vaibhav Singh (sounds like an Indian Origin guy to me). So Big Boss cannot offer her anything in the love & personal life department either.
    So take my advise Mia, stay where you are and keep doing the great work you have been doing. The Big Boss won’t get you anywhere you are the queen of the hearts already.

    My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes

    So IHM started this brilliant tag and I was tagged by Monika in this one. To complete the tag IHM says-
    If You Are a Man-

    Have you ever wanted something that only women are supposed to want – like bags, shoes, clothes, creams, perfumes, babies, flowers? A peaceful home and a happy family? Have you ever been afraid of the dark or of insects?

    As a kid did you ever want to play ‘teacher-teacher’, cooking or did you like playing with a doll? Have you ever enjoyed cooking? Bought something in pink? Loved chocolates?

    So here’s a tag – Please list at least ten things you have ever wanted or done which your gender is not supposed to.

    As the readers of the blog would already know, I am not the kinds who could be stereotyped as feminist’s delight. Somehow my feminists friends do not get very thrilled by my radical ideas of gender equality so I believe in the bias. People who are deciding to blast me right away, have taken out their knifes and shovels out may keep then inside; remember chivalry is also a kind of chauvinism and somehow women around me love it. And I don’t mind doing it for people around me for whom I care. Coming back to the tag I thought it might be difficult for me complete the tag. But there is no harm in trying so here goes my list

  • I have a strong liking for Sunglasses, I have 6 pair of glasses currently as a part of my wardrobe
  • I have a again a huge collections of fragrances which I love to use, and I cannot decide amongst my favorites perfumes from UCB, CK, Azzaro, Burberry, Davidoff, and Ralph Lauren so I have them all
  • I simply love chocolate. I have a craving for chocolate and I need to have a chocolate dessert then
  • I love to read.
  • I like watching Sitcoms and Romantic Comedy Movies
  • One of real life role models is Carly Fiorina who is a woman
  • I Enjoy Shopping
  • I like buying shoes, though I don’t have one matching every dress but I do enjoy shoe shopping
  • I use a sunscreenin summers
  • I freak out over my weight increases beyond two Kgs, though I might not do anything about it but I would be generally bothered about it
  • Now comes the tough part, finding bloggers who haven’t done this tags. I can think of only two bloggers who haven’t taken this one, so Reema & Deepti you are tagged 🙂

    An Ode to IPL Season 3

    An Ode to IPL Season 3

    An Ode to IPL Season 3

    Once in the land called India in recent time,
    Elite fun was limited to one part tequila and two parts lime,
    A man decided to rise through richness, glamour and fame,
    All through means which can be called just a stupid game.
    Getting sick and tired of the reality in MTV Roadies,
    An idea struck in mind of our dear Lalit Kumar Modi,
    He formed a cricketing league called I-Pee-Yell,
    From players to stadium chairs everything to sell.
    Truckloads of money pouring in without a sigh,
    Everybody wanted the darn piece of the pie,
    Season one and two saw all the glamour and the rise,
    Shooting up all the fame, money and the price.
    “Mere five percents for my girlfriend, that too for free,
    And mentoring to me, everything so honky dory and glee”
    This song brought the murk into the moor,
    All orchestrated by Shashi Tharoor.
    The affairs of the external affairs’ minister got out too far,
    Left no mentoring for him or any equity for his push-car,
    The issue was settled with Tharoor getting an axe,
    While Modi got the raids from the Income-Tax.
    Betting, fixing, and black money, they pulled plugs,
    With involvement of everyone including Tycoons & thugs,
    So our dear Lalit Modi had a great fall,
    Finally BCCI pushed him to a wall.
    He too got the suspension, irritatingly bore the axe,
    Realizing his spat with Tharoor was the biggest faux pas,
    The season of inquiry and raids for the government to put up a face,
    Arranging black money for IPL Season 4, as people forget this phase.
    The tournament ended, the roar of scandals would subside,
    Both Tharoor & Modi will get certificates of conduct so Bonafide,
    End of a season where parties lasted from dusk till dawn,
    As a viewer I am just happy that the F**King MRF Blimp is gone.

    Swine Flu Fun- II

    Now that all around there has been too much of Swine Flu panic. My city has been most critical with maximum number of Swine Flu deaths in the country. Now its time to lower the anxiety and hype over Swine Flu, and crack some really bad jokes-

    Approaching a girl the swine flu way-

    Boy goes near the girl and pinches the bottom.

    Girl Turns and Shouts back “You Bloody SWINE!!!”

    Guy- “At least, I didn’t cause the flu”

    Counting Miles-

    Me- If I register myself with Jet Airways with the name Swine, will I be able to get all the Frequent Flier Miles for all the times “Swine Flu”

    Friend- Nah, Jet Airways is not the official “Carrier” for Swine Flu.

    Swine Flu Investing-

    Me- Investment Tip of the month, Invest in Surgical Equipments and FMCG.

    Friend- Why?

    Me- The consumption of masks and soap has sky rocketed after swine flu. I am washing my hands with soap very hour and even after I pee.

    Friend- Oh you should do it before also, you don’t want the Virus to enter in you through all the wrong places.

    Swine Flu Date-

    Girl to the Doctor- Doctor, Please check me for Swine Flu?

    Doc- You having cough cold fever etc?

    Girl- No

    Doc- You visited a Swine Flu infected place recently

    Girl- Oh No!!! My boy friend is a Pig and I am sleeping with him.

    Swine Flu Movie-

    A movie being made on relationship of Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky could not be completed why?

    The Heroine refused to remove the mask for the final scenes.

    On The Job: Alternate Careers

    The other day I was watching one of the TV shows on M-TV. The show is called “On The Job”. It’s a very fresh concept and with a very different perspective. The show concentrates on the alternate careers. In this show people every week there is a alternate career in focus, something like a product designer, choreographer, DJ, VJ, radio jockey, bartender or a stylist. People are screened in the top 3 make it to the screen where they are provided with the setup and facilities and made to do tasks which they need to do on the job. During the course of the show it provides ample information for people who are planning to pursue the alternate career of the week. Finally the winner of the show who does the given job best gets a chance to be an intern with one of the best names in the career in focus.

    First time in India, the alternate careers are being focused by such a mass media. One of the greatest problem with the people who are willing to follow alternate career paths is the resistance from the family. Despite all the cosmopolitan culture influencing India, still the mom’s psyche out when a son says he wants to be a bartender or a daughter says that she wants to be a choreographer. Answers like “Kya tum engg ya medicine nahi kar sakte” or “ Complete your degree from here and do an MBA”. This resistance from the families majorly because of two reasons one being lack of information, and the second being the amount of uncertainty associated with alternate careers.

    With M-TV bringing the idea of alternate careers right into our living rooms, makes it acceptable that people are willing to join these careers. There has been a plethora of shows which were necessarily talent shows and they primarily concentrate on the talents of people and career opportunity associated with them. First time with “On The Job” a TV show has tried to sneak peak into the world of alternate careers. Focusing not on the talents of the participants but on the career choices people would like to make.

    It is a very good opportunity identified by M-TV, as it connects very well with its target audience. Which essentially consist of youth and the cosmopolitan crowd of India. It not only entertains but also gives a very different perspective to the people who actually are looking forward to pursue alternate careers. With all the monotonous monologue on the television, “On The Job” provides a refreshing change.