Shailaja Bajpai

Shailaja Bajpai 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!

Telescope: Political fodder
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

News channels seem bullish about the cow

Great Indian whitewash
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

From ads to daily soaps, TV promotes white or, at best, ‘wheatish’ skin

From Yogi to Arvind
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Most TV channels don’t realise there’s more to the world than Indian politics.

Telescope: Dancing with the Yogi
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

TV went delirious chasing Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister

Telescope: Dear Modi, from Trump
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Indian news TV is doing a terrific job. The coverage to India’s PM? Tremendous

Telescope: The final build-up
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

News channels will regale you with numerical figures, confuse you with psephologists figuring out their data and try to figure out how to best rile the politicians.

Telescope: Twisted discourse
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

TV got worked up over Gurmehar Kaur for all the wrong reasons

Telescope: The anything-for-votes show
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

The UP assembly election is getting louder and shriller.

Telescope: Why so serious?
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

There is little or no lampooning of the political class on Indian television

Telescope: Heir unapparent
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Battle for Jayalalithaa’s legacy is made for TV.

Telescope: Little flourish or poetry
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Budget presentation is FM’s finest hour in Parliament. Not so much on TV.

Doordarshan’s hits and misses
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

DD news has a diverse range, but is weak in coverage of politics

A Dog’s Purpose
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

When was the last time you had a real grown-up conversation with your pet? That’s because our pets need the baby talk as much as we do.

A bit of emotional atyachaar
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

In the SP, the wheels of fortune turned with dramatic effect

Telescope: Filth on the streets
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

From alleged waste water on ‘Bigg Boss’, to Delhi’s garbage — a refuse lot on TV

Power and glitter
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

The plots of Hindi TV serials seem as sensible as some TV news headlines

Telescope: Back from the poles
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

News anchors cried themselves hoarse for most of the year, but TV got back to the business of informing in the wake of demonetisation

Telescope: Not achhe din
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

... for the government. Or former cricketers turned commentators.

Telescope: The grieving
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Jayalalithaa’s death overshadowed all else.

Telescope: Where the gods dazzle
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

For a pop culture expression of resurgent Hinduism, turn to Hindi channels.

Telescope: A battle on two fronts
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Along with demonetisation, PM’s absence from Parliament is now an issue.

Telescope: Day and night
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

Evening debates applaud PM’s money move, daytime reports capture queues.

Telescope: The telegenic Mr Trump
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

He is a TV natural, speaking in a way the average person can identify with.

Telescope: Shades of grey
Thu, Nov 03, 2016

Delhi’s air cast a gloomy pall. Bhopal’s ‘encounter’ deepened the haze.

Telescope: News without noise
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

What general news channels could learn from business news anchors

Telescope: Mosquitoes cross the LoC
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

When Manju became an unsung warrior in a proxy war against the nation

Telescope: The ironic defence of Cyril Almeida
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Channels outraged over the Pakistani journalist, chose not to reflect within.

Telescope: Prime-time bullies
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Freedom to hold contrary views seems disallowed in this moment.

Telescope: Going places
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

From Fawad Khan to Kalki Koechlin, journeys to keep an eye on.

Telescope: Weekend war-mongering
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

TV channels tossed violent suggestions as casually as a peanut in the mouth

Telescope: Feel of the nation
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Regional news channels show what the English channels ignore.

Telescope: Between a bed and a khaat
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

An AAP MLA featured in a sex tape. Rahul’s UP yatra began on a chaotic note.

Of the baba, by the baba
Thu, Sep 01, 2016

Ramdev is a major TV advertiser. He also makes news.

Telescope: Twist in a happy tale
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

OP Jaisha, the marathon runner, claimed that she had received no water from Indian officials along the route of the marathon, leading to her collapse at the finishing line.

Telescope: Missing the thread
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Prime Minister’s I-Day speech was a spectacle that didn’t hold together.

Telescope: Delhi to Rio
Thu, Aug 11, 2016

In Brazil, majestic horses leapt over hurdles. In India, the holy cow lay low.