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Trashy choices

Posted by Pepper on January 3, 2021

During the Thanksgiving sales this year, we bought a new TV for our bedroom. I’ve always told Mint that I don’t watch much TV because I don’t feel like staying on our couch for too long and if we had a TV in our bedroom, I would be happy to watch while staying in bed, snuggled in my comforter.

Now we do have a TV in our bedroom and I still don’t find myself turning it on too often, even though I have the pleasure of watching while being snug and cozy. It made me think and I concluded that it is the lack of a cable connection that makes me a little averse to the idea.

I mean, we have NetFlix and Prime and the works and a lot of good content at my disposal. But all of that comes with the burden of making a choice. I don’t want the onus of making a good choice to rest on me. I end up putting a lot of pressure on myself to pick the right show or the right movie to watch. I miss having various channels on cable that I can flip through and being able to casually stop if I find something interesting. Or even indulge in mindless guilty pleasures.

I don’t mind watching trash that is being aired on cable, as long as I am not the one who is choosing it. In fact, let me be honest. I miss the cable connection in India because I watched so many trashy Hindi movies that were being played. I enjoyed that trash without feeling guilty. Because there weren’t too many good choices available anyway. So might as well enjoy this trash that the cable operators have chosen to play. It wasn’t me. THEY chose to play it.

It is only now that I realise I really did have an appetite for trashy Hindi movies. I miss them. And while most of those movies are available to me now, I really can’t be the one choosing to play this sexist, misogynistic and illogical nonsense over all the good content available. Can I get myself to make the choice of playing Hum Saath Saath Hai? Cringe. Double cringe. I judge myself for enjoying it. No I can’t choose it. But I wish it was available to me without having to choose it.

Also, I think it is more gratifying to watch, or rather catch some good content that is being aired without you deciding when it will be played. There is some pleasure in being at the right place, at the right time. It is the same for music too. The kind of thrill I feel while catching a good song being played on radio when I am driving is not comparable to what I feel when I choose to play the same song myself on YouTube. The human mind is strange.

10 Responses to “Trashy choices”

  1. pixie said

    I love trashy tv!! πŸ˜‚
    I got addicted to Gossip Girl (I know! I know! I’m a few years late to the party!)
    Hum Saath Saath Hain is my PMS movie so I watch it 3-4 times a year. Same with Karan Arjun πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  2. This makes so much sense… I am at a loss these days too, to choose what to watch. I have people telling me this and that but somehow I go back to scrolling through all those options on either netflix or prime and then switching it off to go back to watching some rubbish FB videos!

  3. Boiling said

    You are not alone. I watch a lot of older Hindi/Telugu/Tamil movies + K-dramas though I do look for them – cue HAHK, Varsham, Pokiri (Telugu), Happy (Telugu) etc. depending on my mood and I watch them alone πŸ˜€

  4. Visha said

    when I am asked why haven’t I taken any streaming subscription I give same answer as you have written – me having to choose is the problem. I have discovered some gems while channel surfing but when I have to watch something on youtube I waste so much time on selecting what to watch 😩

  5. Seema said

    Hahha, this is such a real problem to have because we are inundated with options. As a family or even just Abbas and I end up spending atleast 30 minutes on deciding what to watch that we end up either sleeping or losing interest to watch in the first place. I enjoy trash content too, I think back in the day the generation was not so woke like today. We laughed at jokes that were politically incorrect and nobody cared. Although I do cringe watching them now, but it is somehow the memory of watching it then that makes it endearing.

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