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Breakthology is a venture of Tarunjit Singh Bachcher, a top organisation performance coach in India. Good to see the shiny new website of Breakthology.

Indian idol peaks up

Let me begin with a confession. I have not been a great fan of the idiot box for last fifteen years. My viewing is limited to 10 PM show on Discovery where I have followed the episodes on the latest defence aircraft(They even showed a C130 landing on an aircraft carrier once - it was a one way ticket, the plane had to be dismantled to be taken ashore!) to the giant dams being built. The 9 PM stories of family politics, so keenly followed across India, unfortunately have never caught mine or my wife's attention. In that sense, the prime time in my house is reserved for TV to be left in power off mode.
A little tough nowadays though. has begun to govern the dinner timings in my home. Initially one felt Anu Malik was a little brusque with the II wannabes but the dynamics between the judges and the show hosts Mini Mathur and Hussain have become quite smooth and the entire production is quite, quite slick. The show has reached its peak. Like possibly lakhs of homes across India, names such as Emon, Deepali, Meiyang, Prashant, Ankita Mishra have come to be talked about in my house as if we know them so well.
Interestingly, the programme is in Hindi but has several participants who would perhaps count another great language as their mother tongue.

Enom Chaterjee - Bengali
Meiyang Chang - Chinese
Prashant Tamang - Nepalese
Puja Chhaterjee - Bengali
Richa Aneja - Punjabi ( Possibly)
Smita Adhikari - Bengali

My personal favourites are Enom Chaterjee, Abhishek Kumar and Deepali for the sheer performances these three have consistently belted out so far. They have a very confident way of carrying themselves on the stage and that rocks. And hello, I am closing now. Indian Idol is on now. And Sunidhi Chauhan has set the stage on fire as a guest artist already. I had barely heard her name before. My wife educated me to the fact that Sunidhi herself is the product of another TV show. Now excuse me please.Need to look at the other screen now.

Comments

Unknown said…
Yes, all you men pledge 'O we watch only discovery' but soon as we women switch to some real entertainment, you don't seem to mind and are glued to that...so flexible you all are in this matter!!

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