Sunday, October 30, 2005


Thanks to the Videocon Cup, it is time to watch cricket on Doordarshan. It took me to the days when there were more advertisements than cricket on the state owned broadcaster. There was this one-dayer between India and England. As is the case now, every fall of a wicket was followed by the ubiquitous ad. Sometimes, the fifth ball of an over and/or the first ball of the next over was taken over by the ads. By the time, the ad was stopped and play resumed on the telly, India lost another wicket and the ads resumed. It took quite a while to figure out the identity of the batsman who came out to bat and went back to the pavilion all in the space of a few ads. By the way, the batsman was Ajay Sharma. I presumed that he got ditracted by the ads and thus his stay at the wicket was very short.

Now, the babus at Doordarshan and the producers of the show have decided to take the bull by its horns and have replaced the aspiring actors and models with the former captain of the Indian women cricket team.

By the way, the word Doordarshan became part of the lexicon with Sanjay giving an account of the war (live)between the Pandavas and the Kauravas to the Dhritarashtra. Of course, we are not blind like the king .

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