Shailaja Bajpai is Director (Academics) at Express Institute of Media Studies (EXIMS). She has been writing about television since 1984. "Far too long," in her own words. But she has also watched it change, grow, grow and grow into what is today... the elephant in the room and any conversation on any subject. In her case, it would be true to say that you have to pay her to watch television! She also supervises the EXIMS, the Express Group's post-graduate journalism programme.
The recent bypolls brought out the cricketing metaphors.
Janmashtami was on our screens this week. Will other Hindu festivals follow?
Meanwhile, Vidya Balan and the government are trying to toilet train the nation.
And a TV show that ventured outside the home draws to an unlamented close.
Most Hindi serials fail to reflect political and social upheavals outside the home.
And the Big B is back on the small screen.
Since the BJP came to power, news channels have lost their fizz.
Pakistani serials have familiar themes, but greater subtlety.
Politics has taken a backseat. It’s time to be a sport.
Viewers without electricity were spared the spectacle of the BJP, Congress and AAP in AC studios, blowing hot air.
Some channels did not apply brakes to their coverage; instead they allowed their imagination to run wild, perhaps beyond the limits of decency.
News channels played fortune-tellers — and were mostly off the mark.
In one sense at least, the new PM will be a dramatic change from the old.
The debates around the exit polls were inevitably about the man of the moment, Narendra Modi.
He is moderate in TV Q&As, all fire and brimstone in campaign speeches.
MNS chief’s interviews showed how offence can be the best form of defence.
Both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi had TV outings. Both Q&As were bland and predictable.
Compare the flattering treatment, the softball questions, to the interview that Rahul faced.
The respite from TV coverage of Modi, Rahul and Kejriwal did not last long.
News TV switches off the world. And reduces election coverage to tracking of celebrity candidates.
As the results came in,TV news lost the big picture with all the colour-coding.
Meanwhile,DD National exhumes an old show for prime time.
And closure,of a sort,in a high-profile case.
Hell be out there on the cricket field,at least on television replays.
TV generated enough hot air around Tendulkars 199th Test to propel him beyond the stratosphere.
If elections were decided by TV,Modi would have won by a landslide already.
Current seasons of US TV shows offer vivid images of modern America.
Mercifully,Phailin was not as bad as the coverage on news TV had led us to believe
24 poses a new question to a jaded TV audience.
From Rahul Gandhis outburst to Narendra Modis village moment,our three leading politicians could do better with the press.
TV news could treat Americas 60 Minutes as its lodestar.
From Narendra Modis elevation to the return of Mahabharat,it was a maha big week on TV.
It was Asaram all the way. Parliament debate on the food security bill hardly got a look-in.
The House functioned. And then Sonia Gandhis health sent channels into a tizzy.
Moments of sanity are few when jingoism replaces journalism