I started watching TV programmes from 1987, the time we purchased a color set. Earlier we were watching sometimes at our neighbor’s black and white TV set. I was more interested to know about the Tamil prog, but we could get only DD1, and national channels. I do not remember any other channels. Ghar Jamai was the programme which we watched, followed by Nukkad, Circus, Fauji, Bharat ek Khoj. We had weekly twice movies on the local campus cable. Mostly Hindi movies were played, sometimes English. That is how one, I could watch Hindi movies and two- picked up the language. I enjoyed KaderKhan’s dialogues [lots of sayings and proverbs] liked Govinda’s and Mithun’s dancing style, Amithabh’s dialogue delivery. Those were the days of Rekha, Sridevi, Jayaprada, meenakshi, Neelam and Farah. As a family we watched almost all the movies. In actors, it was the days of Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, and Sanjay Dutt. My favourite heroines are Rekha, Sridevi, Hema malini, Nutan and Madhuri, actors Dharmendra, Amithabh, Sashi Kapoor, Rishi and Anil Kapoor. Later, Ramayan started, our neighbours started assembling in our house on Sundays. Coming to what way are the TV prog useful I would say, they exposed to so many good things unlike these days where you can surf so many channels and pick and choose the type of prog; one wants to watch. Currently you have so many options of the service providers and so many types of set available. Though the providers propagate about the number of channels, I do not see any logic coz you can watch one channel at a time! At present I face the problem, my preferences clash with the timings of two three channels and I am at a loss sometimes, have to decide on the priority as per the episodes contents. Reality shows have occupied the channels and they are too much and too similar, suddenly you find yester years and current film personalities all around with their faces puffed up and hair dyed, wrinkled hands and using the same vocabulary for the comments as judges. To top it all film promotion takes the cake and walks off. South VS North Southern channels have the dubbed version of any one language serial going on for years in other regional channels and here ofcourse you do not find any thing funny, but it sucks when you watch a southern regional movie being dubbed in Hindi or vice versa. Totally the language and culture [though it is the same country] living style, clothes differ. In both soaps the woman will turn out to be the villain of other women in the serials, and the mothers –in –law invariably rich ones will be harsh, cruel and bitchy, the poor ones very homely, timid. It is a delight to watch Ekta’s soaps; I like them for the costumes, interiors, and settings. One thing in her serials is the characters will always be dressed up and at the drop of the hat ready to take the car and go out minus purse, mobile phones and suddenly you would find them having all with them- how is it possible? The doors are never locked: anyone can get in and go. All the hospital scenes will be taken from the same set, a set of doctors keep exchanging the serials as the case of actors and actresses. The houses,villas will be repeated in many serials especially when they show the long shot of the villa.