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Truth alone triumphs . . .

I’ve been watching Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate regularly since it started. Public figures and Bollywood stars often shy away from telling it like it is so I can’t appreciate him enough for stepping up and speaking up about various ills so ingrained in Indian society. He has so far done shows on various issues like […]

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How to get smart : Bring BQC back

This is a Google-dependent world. What you don’t know is on the World Wide Web, and it’s yours for the searching. And when all knowledge is right there at your fingertips, available with a few taps on the keyboard and a few clicks of the mouse, is there then, any need to store it in […]

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Why desi comedy sucks

Recently I read a lovely post by Anuvab Pal, on the Random House blog, about the state of Indian comedy. Well, it’s dismal, although we didn’t need Pal to tell us that. I think Raghuvir Yadav, when he was on “Ranvir, Vinay aur Kaun” said it best – he called it “Chichorapan” in Hindi . […]

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Tweaking reality, MTV style – part 3

This is Part 3 of a series, here are Part 1 & 2. The Roadies 6.0 cast had an interesting set of characters. You had the bullies Sandeep, Bobby, Roop and the first ever Sardar Roadie – Pradeep. Then you had Palak who was in a class by herself – brave yes, but with overwhelming […]

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Tweaking reality, MTV style – Part 2

Note : This is Part 2 of a series, Part 1 is here.Roadies has become one of the most popular reality shows on Indian television, and with good reason. I think it’s because they were so raw and real and un-tweaked. They don’t have the artifice or the artificial judges, or the make-overs, or the […]

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Tweaking reality, MTV style – Part 1

Reality TV has never been bigger. From the now famous Survivor and Big Boss (both the desi and the British versions where Shilpa Shetty made big news) to the talent shows like American Idol and “Britain’s got talent” all rely on the elimination principle. Here’s a bunch of willing participants subject to certain tasks, and […]

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Roadies 6.0 : Hell down under

The Roadies 6.0 : Hell Down Under is well underway. The auditions were pretty interesting with “two” Raghus interviewing the candidates. And it has never ceased to amaze me at the number of people who turn up to try out for Roadies, who will do anything to get on the show. You’d think their life […]

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MTV Roadies 5.0 : Prabhjot’s return

Or as it could be called “The descent and rise of Prabhjot” . In Vote-Out #5 , she went out. And in the most recent episode she came back in, after challenging and winning over Anmol – good for her ! In the episode where she got voted out, amazingly all of the remaining roadies […]

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MTV Roadies 5.0 : Vote-out # 4

There have been 4 vote-outs so far, with 5 people being voted out (2 in the first vote-out) : Simran & Varun, Vikrant, Snehashish and Ankita. So the intial 13 roadies (Ankita, Simran, Sonel, Shambhavi, Anmol, Prabhjot, Snehashish, Ashutosh, Varun, Vibhor, Vikrant, Ayaz, Nihal) have been reduced to 8 : Ayaz, Prabhjot, Sonel, Ashutosh, Vibhor, […]

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MTV Roadies 5.0 : Let’s vote out the bad girls !

MTv Roadies 5.0 has 5 girls left : Shambavi, Anmol, Ankita, Sonel and Prabhjot. Ankita (Simran) has been voted. However, before she got voted out, in one of the earlier episodes, there was a scene where Shambavi, Simran and Anmol are plotting to vote out Sonam, because as Shambavi puts it, she’s too fat – […]

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