In a typical desi household you might find that the family has five to ten favourite serials that they follow with dedication each week. The television turns on at 6pm, and everyone goes about their daily tasks catching their favourite shows as they flit in and out of the room. Many consider Indian serials to be garish, repetitive, long-winded, unoriginal and even regressive, yet there must be something in them that captures the imagination of these countless millions who have adopted them into their daily routine.
I am an unapologetic fan of serials and the lack of an online platform that seriously explores the nature of Indian serials, critically investigates the Indian fiction content on offer and showcases the commendable behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating serials has disappointed me. I feel that many people miss out on the layers of meaning and beauty on offer on our small screens, just because serials have acquired ‘uncool’ connotations. Going off that seemingly trite mantra “write what you want to read” I’ve started this blog as a means of encouraging myself, and others, to actively write and discuss their opinions on the Indian television industry. From shows currently on air to characteristics of serialdom… this blog is game for anything, and though it is titled “Serious About Serials” be assured it won’t take itself too seriously – lapses into the silly are very much on the plate!
I’d love to have guest bloggers here so if you have an interesting article you’d like to share please feel free to contact me at seriousaboutserials at gmail.com (replace ” at ” with @).