Sunday, November 27, 2005


Have you ever come across a game show that is so amazingly bleargh that you continue to watch it for the sole reason of ridiculing the contestants, the host and anything and everything that is associated with the show? Well I did-yesterday night. It was a show called Thanga Vaetai (Gold Hunt) and it was broadcast on Sun TV. It was hosted by Ramya Krishnan, once famous for playing a woman who stayed in her room for 20 years without having a bath. Yea, twenty years in the same nightie, and the movie ran for a 100 days. Talk about yuck, oh sorry, luck. Anyway the show was a pathetic one with two incredibly stupid teams competing for 200 grams of gold coins.

Each team had a small girl (maybe 11 or 12 years old) who was supposed to do the answering. The children would be helped by one of their team members who would give them clues using which they would have to find out the answer. Incredibly stupid rules, I thought, fearing what was going to happen next. The first question was, "Who wrote the National Anthem?". The first kid thought long and hard and came up with, "Mahatma Gandhi". Heh. The next question was "In which state was Anju Bobby George born?" The kid asked for a clue. Her mother told her that Cochin was a part of that state. The kid had a wonderful blank expression on her face. Ramya Krishnan, the host, told her that the people in that state spoke Malayalam. The kid was stumped. Maybe the kid was following that famous proverb, "It is better to shut up and let people think that you have an IQ of 0.073 than to open your mouth and remove all doubt". An ideal clue for that question would have been, "The answer begins with Ke, has the letters ra in the middle and ends with la." She did not know who invented the telephone despite being told that the inventor's last name was Bell and to end things on a positive note, to the question, "In which state in India, did an earthquake occur recently?" she answered 'Africa'. The other kid wasn't great either. She did not know Rajiv Gandhi's son's name inspite of her mother telling her that it was the first name of the Indian Cricket Captain, Dravid.

The show did not make sense to me. If you allow contestants to give clues that are actually part of the answer and you choose contestants who are not even able to figure that out, you're just making fools of the people who are participating and of the audience who are taking great efforts to sit through the idiotic show for half an hour.

Ahh yes, I was tagged by Hobbes and so here are the

Seven things I plan to do:
1. Finish reading, "The restaurant at the End of the Universe".
2. Get over my fear of dogs.
3. Learn to ride a motorbike.
4. Study for my boards.
5. Go to a good college.
6. Persist with my braces for a year.
7. And publish a book filled with utter nonsense so that it will become an International bestseller making me the richest man in the world.

Seven things I can do:
1. Sleep
2. Talk
3. SMS weird stuff
4. Climb stairs two steps at a time.
5. Blog
6. Watch an episode of Thanga Vaettai.
7. Exercise my right of free speech.

Seven things I can't do:
1. Exercise
2. Watch a 'Gaptain' movie.
3. Dance
4. Whistle in a theatre.
5. Stop talking.
6. Win at chess.
7. Understand the plots in Bold and the Beautiful.

P.S: Whoever wants to be tagged, SMS ‘tag’ to your cell number and consider yourself tagged. Anyone who SMSs me with the keyword ‘tag’ shall be sneezed on.


Forty_Two said...

And they looked from pig to man and from man to pig and back again and soon it became impossible to tell the difference.

George Orwell

Neon said...

Interesting quote, forty_two...

Aditya said...

Good post that! Made me laugh.

Vishal said...

LOL.. haha.. nother thing u cant do.. stop making everyone laff.. with u or at u dont matter..

Neon said...

with u or at u dont matter..
Heh,I would prefer the former tho :)

Vishal said...

tru tru.. :D

Camphor said...

7th comment. :D

You SMS wierd stuff? Like say, 'tag'?

The Ranting Human said...

That show is probably the most stupid thing ever to happen to television. Or perhaps I'm wrong, maybe the real goal of the producers is to reveal the contestant's idiocy.

And you really ought to finish reading "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" and the other three books in that "trilogy". They're real funny.

Neon said...

I guess you would have noticed 'The Society on SMS' in the society blog. I actually send people suff like that. But I havent sent 'tag' yet...

Neon said...

The ranting human,
Thanga Vaettai is definitely giving Fourth Umpire a run for its money.

vibha said...

nice post and funny

Kanishkaa said...

Well u have got behind a bike before so that shouldn't take too long.And abt the plot of Bold and the Beautiful,just ask any bored housewife in sri lanka and u have it! ask the scriptwriters to narrate the plot frm the beginning and u can bet even they can't do it.

Anonymous said...

"thaka thaka thaka thaka thanga vettai!" and you thought "exchange exchange" (with background music: I want to cha-ange) was the dumbest ever. Life never fails to surprise.

Neon said...

Vibha: Thanks!

Kanishkaa: Bold and the Beautiful plots shall never make sense to any person on this earth...and that is why it is still running.

Hobbes: 'Exchange, Exchange' shall always be the dumbest ever(the visuals are ghastly too), but 'thakka thakka' isnt that far behind.

Aditya said...

I'm feeling more happy after knowing that there's always someone dumber than me out there! I can always count on Sun TV and it's game shows to make me feel better!

Aditya said...

I'm feeling more happy after knowing that there's always someone dumber than me out there! I can always count on Sun TV and it's game shows to make me feel better!

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