Satyam Shivam Sundaram

If the title of this post is “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”, what do you think the content would be all about?
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Something related to the Indian Mythologies? No !!
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About that superhit movie by Raj Kapoor? Again a No !!
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Is it about that long forgotten, government controlled, television channel that had the tagline of Satyam Shivam Sundaram?
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Yes this is about Doordarshan!!!

Doordarshan

Long long ago… there was a Garden of Eden, where Adam & Eve lived happily with each other. Adam the viewers, and Eve Doordarshan. A beautiful satisfied life with no expectations!! Then appeared the Apple “satellite channels”, and they were thrown out from that beautiful world into this world that exists today.

How was the Doordarshan of those days? If you are one of those who had experienced it, let’s recall the memories… otherwise this would be feel to you like fairy tales.

Unlike present day’s TV channels, Doordarshan would run for just 6-7 hours each day except for Sundays where it ran for over 10-12 hours. Very few viewers knew that spider-man wore a red-blue costume, because most homes used to have black & white TVs.

Episodes were never repeated, so if you had to visit a friend’s house, you had to first check what serial would be playing at 9:00pm that day, and if you would like to miss that.

  • Friday – Yeh jo hai Zindagi, no way!
  • Thursday – Malgudi days.. Can’t miss it…
  • Wednesday – Katha Sagar.. That would be fine…

But if you visited the friend and that serial happened to be his favorite, you would need to silently sit through the entire episode before someone would get up to prepare the tea.

Viewers in Mumbai & Delhi were the blessed ones, because they had a second channel also called “DD Metro”. All viewers outside these cities envied them, literally. However, If a prominent political personality died, people across entire nation – irrespective of political party they supported, would mourn the death. because for the next three days there would be no program on Doordarshan except for the Shehnai recital.

Movies and movie-related programmes were very few and thus were hugely popular. One hindi movie and a regional-language movie would air each Sunday and an interview with a Bollywood personality each Saturday, Movie songs were shown each Wednesday and Friday. For Movie lovers, elections were a blessing, because a large number of movies were shown each day during the period of vote counting.

When satellite channels entered India, they decided to feed people everything they craved for. More hours of entertainment, more movies and related content, episode repeats, less censorship. Viewers got everything from these multiple channels and they turned away from Doordarshan, almost forgetting about its existence.

Now the twist in the tale :

In October 2015, a report claimed that Doordarshan is the most watched channel in India. Are they out of their mind? Nobody in today’s generation knows what Doordarshan is, forget about watching it !! But, It turned out that the viewership statistics since long time were based on data collected from selected big cities, but 72% population in India still lives in villages. How can data from a part of 28% population represent the entire nation? As soon as data from the villages was taken into the count, the truth was out. Satyam Shivam Sundaram translates to Truth is Bitter but Beautiful. Yes, the Garden of Eden still exists, somewhere far in various villages.

Let’s remember our old friend and cheer for it, Long Live Doordarshan.

what does XOXO mean?

XOXO is a much used term in chats and on twitter. There is always someone somewhere who heard this term for the first time. This post is not only dedicated to that someone but also to those who find significance of each letter vague.

XOXO means Hugs and Kisses. How? Continue reading…

X means a Hug as it is how your arms cross behind the back of someone you tightly hug.

O means a Kiss as it is the shape that the lips assume when opened.

XO thus together means Hug and Kiss. Repeating the same makes it a plural representing ‘Hugs and Kisses’