Thursday, February 18, 2010

Romantic love always ends badly

Heart-shaped screensIE »  Shailaja Bajpai 
Valentine’s Day celebrations were somewhat subdued this year on television, mercy be. In previous years, the news channels behaved like they were falling in love with love… The one place Valentine’s Day was not celebrated is on our TV serials. Or not so you’d notice. This is extremely unusual since soap operas celebrate everything else — birth, birthdays, engagements, weddings, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Holi — with tremendous élan, sometimes over an entire week. Perhaps it’s because romantic love is the one ingredient entirely missing from our TV serials or so frowned upon that it always ends badly. 

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