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Updated: February 3, 2010 17:31 IST

The battle for control

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The main cause of fights in many a households.
Photo: K. Ananthan
The Hindu
The main cause of fights in many a households. Photo: K. Ananthan

“No more TV, you have to study,” says Mom! Inside my head, a voice asks ‘Huh, when did I watch TV?' What could be the worst fight you can expect in a family? You think it is the fight between a husband and wife, brother and sister, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law? Then you thought wrong. It is always for the fight for the remote!

Remote equation

If X is watching channel A, then Y has to intervene and shift to channel B, while Z may want to just skim through the channels. This mathematical equation is a constant one at home. And then come the men of the house, whose life is for cricket and kah-boom the remote is in their hands.

So now can someone tell me where have all those advice of ‘TV not being good for you' gone? Adults can sometimes be so selfish. ‘Why don't you watch TV?' in a extra sweet tone is just an indication that they want us out of their way. But do you think you just need permission to watch TV? Sorry to say you thought wrong again!

Come to the picture of your grandma who is dying to know what happened to that girl in the serial. The fight is different now! Once you settle in the couch with the remote, it will be “Oh dear, don't you have your exams coming up?”

And those are the last words you want to hear when your favourite song is on. And then comes your sister from nowhere demanding the remote. Battle with her for an hour and come to an understanding of sharing the remote, your mom returns home!

Could life be worse? And you know what will be the next sentence without being told aloud. ‘No more TV, you have to study'

Tejaswini is a Std X student at Sri Sankara, Adyar

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