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There really should have been an eighth vow in addition to the seven ones,which are taken during marriages,something to do with letting your spouse watch his or her favourite television programmes.

Written by Rohan Swamy |
May 6, 2009 3:42:32 am

With the IPL season hotting up and cutting into prime time soap opera slots,it’s wartime to determine which one of the two will rule the roost in homes

There really should have been an eighth vow in addition to the seven ones,which are taken during marriages,something to do with letting your spouse watch his or her favourite television programmes. As the excitement of the second season of the Indian Premier League catches up,families squabble over watching their favorite channels.

Sounding the war drums is A Siddharth who says,“It was the same story last year and is the same this year,both my dad and I,end up fighting with my mother for ownership rights of the television during the evenings. After a hard day’s work when you want to come back and watch the match and support the teams,my mother starts making a huge scene about the soaps that she follows,and we end up fighting over the television. Sometimes when the bickering gets out of hand I head off to my friend’s place to watch the matches. My dad on the other hand whiles his time by doing crossword puzzles and waits patiently for the soaps to end.”

Bickering over television serials is a normal thing and it happens frequently between my husband and me,but with these matches going on the bickering has gone a notch up. The main reason behind this being I am not a huge sports fanatic and my husband is,besides I like to relax by watching the television soaps,which he says are too dull. I can however draw some relief from the fact that once the tournament is over life can get back to normal. And this I am hoping will happen if my husband decides to refrain from watching the upcoming T20 world cup,” says Kirti Roy Chowdhary,who works as software professional.

On an antagonistic note,Shivkumar Bose says,“I guess one of the most important thing to do after getting married is to ensure that there are at least two televisions in the house. It’s funny but the lives of both my wife and me revolve around the television. There are the normal fights that we have regarding who gets to watch what on the television but sometimes they do turn a little ugly.”

“In events like that we both make it a point to get back at each other. If she is watching the match I go into the other room and play music on a loud volume,or else if I am watching the matches then she comes and starts telling me of the entire day’s happenings and disturbs me. But by and large its fun to have fights over weird issues like these. They add a bit of spice to our humdrum lives,” he laughs.

However some couples prefer to slug it out with an iron fist,S Rekha,a home maker says,“I start heaping harmless insults on the teams that my husband and my son support during these matches if they interfere with the timings of my programmes. So eventually if their team starts to lose or plays bad they switch the channel back to my serials and I get to watch what I want. It’s a harmless trick to play but then if I get my way out of it what is the harm. However if there are important matches going on I let them watch but not before there is a lot of pleading and cajoling on the part of my husband and son.”

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