Thursday, March 23, 2006

Clash of the “Titans”

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Update 1: I thought I was alone with this Tamil Serial problem. I hopped to Visithra's blog and find that she is doing her own "battle" with her mom on the Tamil Serials. May the force be with her on this.

It has nothing to do with the movie. This is tougher than that…I have found a stiff competitor for the Astro remote control at home.

In the past, I was pretty much the master of the house, having absolute control over what to watch over Astro. No matter what my parents or my siblings or my wife will be watching, when I return home, I get to decide what to watch (with the exception of my son of course – his favorite channel 63 takes precedent over everything at any given time). One can only watch HBO or the Discovery Channels or AXN when I am in front of the TV.

Things were fairly going fine until a “disaster” happened

An ageing relative from my dad’s side came to live with us. We had the room for her and she was very handy at home – helping out my wife and taking care of my son when my wife is busy with housework. We were delighted to have her around the house.

The downside was however is that she loves to watch the Tamil Serials over Channel 6 & 73. When I say “love”, I meant in the form of a die hard fan – really, really love Tamil Serial. Tamil Serials will be running on the screen almost the whole day long especially during my time to watch TV from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm. The remote control will practically be resting on her lap all the time - as if she does not want anyone switching to other channels. At first, I did not mind the rather “over-exposure” of Tamil Serials on the TV. I had my computer games and thick novels to spend the time.

However as time went on and couple of good shows was shown on the other channels in Astro, the fight for “who holds the remote control” just got fiercer.
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Yes, it can be as tough as this sometimes at home. Cartoon source: www.cartoonstock.com


Frankly speaking I did not want to be rude to the old lady but at times, desperation can lead a man to do “hard but sensible” things. I would sit down and grab the remote from her and with a poker looking face; I would quickly navigate my way to HBO or AXN. The old lady would not protest and argue with me on this. She will keep quiet but I noticed from the corner of my eyes, she will be looking at me and the remote and me and the remote…you know what I mean.

The moment I take a quick break (during the commercials) and go to the kitchen to grab a drink, the Tamil Serial will be back on the TV with the remote safely back on the old lady’s lap. I will be standing helplessly with a drink in my hand. I have no heart to fight the old lady - she is a nice lady but with an obsession with Tamil Serials. All I could do is to shout “Arrrrgggghhhhh” inside me.

Watching Tamil Serials all day long just makes me crazy to the wall. Of course I don’t sit and watch it but I still can hear the sound. At times, I would feel like throwing the TV set out of the window. Damn! Even my grandma is not that die-hard fan as this old relative of mine. At least, my grandma watches CSI and Discovery Channels as passionately as I do.

Oh by way, as I was drafting this post, the remote was safely back on my lap with my TV tuned to AXN. Damn, she is looking at me and the remote and me…again.

Read also: Tamil Serials (God save us!)
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