Sunday, October 01, 2006


I have spent the better part of Sunday glued to the TV set. One thing nice about this place, there is always TV to watch! For e.g. lets say you like a specific serial on Television, but never get a chance to see every episode. What would be the best way to catch up? One option is to download the whole thing online (probably illegally) or come to fatherland.

I have seen this on every visit, and this time in no different. At the end of a season(for the non-TV types, these are series of episodes and not weather cool) there is a re-run of every episode of that season. Today, a channel here has a re-run of the entire season of "Law&Order-Special Victims Unit". Helps you get past the slow days without having to pretend to be active, Niiiice! I can't imagine any program other than cricket that has the popularity to be able to run(re-run) for 48 hours across a weekend in India!

But what caught my eye and hence the subject of this post was the thoughtfulness that is built into the general lifestyle here. For e.g. I had to mute the TV for some reason and what I see immediately is captioning turning on automatically! Captioning is the text form or subtitles for programs that come on television. Its part of the feed that comes via cable. In better TVs, you can choose to have only audio, audio+text and only text. While the audio+text option helps us understand the myriad of accents that are heard on TV, the only text option is a boon to all the deaf people who want to enjoy television. A very small thing (once the infrastructure is built/enforced) but could make a big difference to many!

... back to TV now.

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