I think I have always been in love with the television serials.
When we were kids we sat around the one television set that buzzed to life with a story that ended in a few years. Our entire family sat around the idiot box and tuned in to see what the story held for the next day. There was a thrill to watch “Mayamruga” those days, even though I understood very little in terms of its plot, story and artistic zeal, we watched it.
But even now the television serials seem to be my favourite mode of irritating my mother and my grandmother and my daily dosage of sadistic enjoyment. Designed in every way to keep you tuned in to the tv set for hours, they work non-stop to make you more dumber by the minute.
If a television soap finds success in one regional language then, you can bet your life on it, it shall appear in every other language with either a dubbed version blaring or a new star cast appearing.
There is always this girl who is perfect, wants to help people whatever may be the cost to her personal life, she is the perfect symbol of the perfect perfection in every perfect way. If anyone can find a fault with her, it is the villain, most times the more dangerous looking woman with red or other gaudy lipstick smeared all over her lips like paint, she always is spoilt rich and obnoxious and always trying to find faults with you.
Then there is the hero, young dashing and bold, hopelessly in love with either the heroine or someone else, who looks better than her. Trying to save her love or trying to save her husband from falling into the clutches of the witchy villains.
Then there is the Saasu-Maa/ mother in law , either outright caring or outright cunning designed to look like your mother or like your typical mother in law.
Then there is always this rift that comes in between the hero, they are married but don’t stay happy even for a single day. Then there is a patch up, elaborate sensual dialogues, movie songs in the background, bedroom scenes that put Bollywood movies to shame. After what seems like eternity there is peace in the house and then then child birth happens after more than 9 months. It is almost always twins and they get separated during child birth and grow to hate each other, with the villain secretly plotting for revenge.
And just after child birth there is yet another rift in the family which the heroine magically steps in and solves it everyday. The west may have super heroes but it definitely is super heroines here in the Indian industry of tv soaps. From six thirty in the evening to 11.00 in the night the television shows are blaring non-stop in the household.
Now with the further advent of apps that have mushroomed, the soaps are now available anytime, thus eliminating an episode miss that could have occurred before in the event of a power cut, relatives at home, cricket matches and so on…
Oh wait, there is more. If a person dies in the television serial mid-way, he or she will come back in the later portion of the show, don’t you worry at all. Someone will have saved them and will help bring the villain to justice.
Then there is this supposedly Ichhadari Nagin, most of the times dangerously good looking, she always has an innocent husband that she saves from others. Murder plots are her swag, she can put that in the resume,” Saved husband from dying -35 times; inclusive of poisoning, car accident and burning buildings”.
Suddenly she can remember things from the past and turn into a snake, turn to a normal human again while a u turn at silk board can take thirty minutes in the best scenes.
The troll does not stop there, there are these serials that supposedly show horror. The horror element is majority of the times the effect of sound effects that misguide you to think that something terrible is going to happen.
Then there are festivals in the serials and actors from other entertainment packages also come over to the other set and quite suddenly be all happy happy and then post “Dhoom Machana “ “Dance & DJ “ become their dull and sombre selves.
The serial starts off with ten people, the rich family 4/5 people, the poor family 6/5 people and then continues in a mathematical progression of problems for each of them. Where the heroine takes turns in solving their issues that are so intricately interconnected. There is love stories, romance, illogical stupidity, cliché after cliché but it is gripping nonetheless.
If being glued to television was not enough, there are phone calls exchanged between households gossiping about the day’s action in the television serials.
I guess there are over 20 television channels per regional language and each runs a tv serial of half an hour duration from 6.30 to 11.00 – that is 9*20 variations on going with the same theme or sometimes borrowed theme that can run for the next thousand years.
Yes, these categorically designed soaps run the entertainment industry and the best part is people at home remember the names, plots and every other trivial detail that they seem to forget outside this world. My grandmother can say with crystal clear accuracy who is the villains, second sister’s best friend’s third crush’s name but does not remember where the salt dabba was placed after lunch.
The juggernaut of the industry also has tentacles elsewhere in the not so real reality shows that keep the weekends accounted for. There are also repeat telecasts on the weekend if the five day marathon was somehow insufficient.
Then the show ends for the year and then there are awards being bestowed, huge audiences line up to watch that show live, the dashing heroes and innocent looking heroines and the good looking villians end up with 40k ,50k followers on social media. Dances , anchors and awards and some more being glued to the television set.
Thinking like an IT manager. The television serials bill upto 10 hours of loss of productivity per house per day on an easy average.
I guess that is enough of ranting for now. Stop losing 10 hours of sleep over entertainment, start a new hobby, singing drawing and any thing that you have been wanting to do since ages but have not found time to complete it! Camera, Action.
Welcome to the ancient city and Italy's capital – Rome. It is one of the world’s most romantic cities. The beauty of the amazing city will melt your heart and will make you fall in love with the country. Though it can be hot during the peak summer and overcrowded there is so much incredible, ancient history and heritage to be explored.
The Eternal Land of History
It is a city with nearly 3,000 years of history with globally influential art, architecture, awe-inspiring ruins and culture on display. It is a magical place for photography – when you think about the ancient streets, the world famous Colloseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, Trevi fountain, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and many more.
The country has a long history, as Rome was founded in 753BC. After the Roman Empire broke down in 395AD, there were many separate kingdoms and cities evolved. It has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine including fashion Capital Milan and other major cities Florence, Venice, Naples and Pisa.
The city of seven hills
The city of Rome was built on seven hills (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline (where city hall is), Esquiline, Palatine (where the big archaeological digs are), Quirinal and Viminal). There are lots of must-sees and several activities to do here giving you a solid senses of its past. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, you will be treated with sensational views, world-class attractions, a history lesson and scrumptious food. It’s always been a synonym for "mouth-melting food," offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors and aromas. Enjoy the amazing Roman pastas and Fettuccine ai Funghi which is our favourite.
Now, Let's dig into 10 phenomenal must visit sights in Rome (aka Caput Mundi - Capital of the world) -
Piazza Venezia & Altare Della Patria
St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums
Piazza di Spagna & Spanish Steps
Bocca della Verità & The Mouth of Truth
It is the world's 39th most popular tourist attraction with roughly 4 million tourists a year. The construction began in the first century under the rule of the Roman Emperors: Vespasian (69-79 CE), Titus (79-81 CE) and Domitian (81-96 AD). These three Emperors are known as Flavian Dynasty and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). It is the largest amphitheatre and was capable of holding up to 80,000 spectators who came to see a whole range of games:
1] Animal hunts- This was an event of shooting animals with bow and arrows.
2] The Bestiarii – The gladiators fought with wild beasts such as tigers and leopards here. They were trained animal-handlers and killers.
3] Criminal fights - Criminals were also sentenced to fight wild beasts but without any skills, weapons or armour.
4] Velites - Spear Fighters fought each others.
The Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus
From the Colosseum you can walk to the Roman Forum, which is a very short walk. The ticket to the Roman Forum is free if you have the Colloseum ticket but the other way round… Well it’s not exactly true; you cannot visit the Colloseum if you have bought the ticket for the Roman Forum.
The Roman Forum is an impressive sprawl of ruins. In the Middle Ages it was known as the Campo Vaccino ('Cow Field'). At the end of the path, you'll come to Via Sacra and the Tempio di Giulio Cesare. The Roman Forum Mark’s where Julius Caesar was cremated.
You can extend your walk to Circus Maximus which is in very close approximately. This place is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium which was built in the Roman times; it was a huge engaging stadium. Lots of people visit the chariot stadium every year. The Circus Maximus is an amazing place to visit and an open air area where you can sit down and have a break.
Altare Della Patria
Italy became one nation only in 1861 and since then includes the islands of Sicily (a must-see beauty) and Sardegna (a jaw-dropping sight). Victor Emmanuel was the first king of Italy. In honour of his name, this wow-inducing monument was built in Piazza Venezia. It is 135 metres wide and is 70 metres high.
There is a little walkway on the road in front of The Emmanuel palace where the view is amazing. Sometimes the soldiers march around in the palace. This palace also holds the tomb of a soldier. It is right near the Roman Forum and the colosseum.
Vatican City is a separate and the smallest country and also has St Peter’s Basilica - the home of the Pope. This major Papal basilica is one of the world's most famous church in the whole, wide world and in Vatican City. It marks where Peter was crucified by Roman Emperor - Augustus Caesar. It is located in Piazza San Pietro.
Castel Sant’Angelo - also known as Mausoleum of Hadrian - is a castle in the Vatican City. It is commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for him and his family. A secret corridor (Passetto di Borgo) connects Castel Sant'Angelo with the Vatican. It is located near the River Tiber and the castle is currently a museum with turbulent history. The drum was covered with an earthen tumulus topped with a statue of Hadrian driving a quadriga.
Vatican Museums is a well-liked visitor destination with more than 4.2 million tourists per year, making it the world's 37th most visited destination.
The Trevi is the most spectacular fountain in Rome. In the centre of the fountain is a statue of Oceanus, the Greek Sea God, standing under a triumphal arch. His chariot is being pulled by two sea horses, one wild and one docile, representing the opposing moods of the sea. Two Tritons are leading the horses, the older Triton holding a twisted shell to announce their passage.
If you’ve been to Rome you would have probably been to Trevi Fountain and tossed a coin over your shoulder and into the water. The legend of the Trevi fountain says that if you throw a coin into it, you will return to Rome or Italy one day. Trevi fountain is free to visit. Approximately 3,000 Euros are tossed into the fountain every day and an estimated €1.4 million was thrown into the fountain in 2016. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain though it is illegal.
A walk from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon
The Spanish Steps, a great place to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Eternal City, consists of 138 steps. At the bottom of the steps you can find a fountain called Fontana Della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. The best time to visit is at the evening. On the 20th March, 1986 the very first McDonalds was opened in Italy near the Spanish Steps. Starting at the Spanish Steps you can also visit the Trevi fountain and this walk can be extended to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
As we know that everyone likes football Stadio Olimpico will be a good place to visit as lots of matches take place there. Stadio Olimpico is the largest sports attraction of Rome and is the home stadium of two major football teams which play for serie A – SS Lazio & AS Roma. The stadium boasts roughly 80,000 spectators. It is one of the five European stadiums to host the FIFA World Cup.
The Mouth Of Truth
The Mouth of Truth is a marble mask which stands against the left wall of the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. The Bocca Della Varita “The mouth of truth” is simply one of the best sculptures in Rome. It is the face of a man with its mouth, nostrils and eyes wide open. If you put your hand in the Mouth of Truth that is said to bite the hands off of liars.
Other legend was told in the Roman times, it said that the rich wife of a Roman man was accused of committing adultery. The woman didn’t accept that she did it but her husband wanted to put her to the test by making her hand go inside the stone mouth Bocca Della Varita. It is so famous that even Hollywood gave it a place in a film about the city called Roman Holiday. Even now lots of people line up to see this amazing monument.
Well, you need to visit the City of Love and other cities in Italy at least once in your life. And stay there to explore the blissful landscape – from the snow-capped mountains of the Alps to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. After the first trip, am pretty sure you would love to visit again as it’s the best travel choice and there are plenty of places to see and things to do. And most importantly famous for its beautiful cars. Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini are known to everyone. And, also it’s a great place to travel by Europe’s fastest train. Italian High Speed FRECCIAROSSA trains travel the length and breadth of Italy, reaching speeds of 400 km/hr, entering into the heart of the major cities and shortening distances.
Enjoy your holidays in Rome and return home with the best souvenir and a memory of your incredible adventure.