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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The virtues of silence

Shailaja Bajpai thinks that the newscasters on Indian television talk too much.

She should have added that they also look for significance in everything, often elevating the banal with a hyperbolic force that is surely strong enough to be an alternative power source.

"So Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had canned aaloo paratha for breakfast," Sagarika Ghose could say. "What impact do you think this will have on the consumerist middle class in India?"

"The president of India has just told us that education is very important," Barkha Dutt could say. "President Kalam, thank you for speaking to us. Can you tell us why you think education is so important?"

And so on. Most boring, most hyperbolic, full of sincerity and effort. I much prefer reality dance shows.

I'm a huge fan of remote controls.
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