Who’s got the remote?
TV addiction is harmful for both body and mind. Here are smart ways to end your love affair with the idiot box
Every morning, as soon as her husband leaves for work and child for school, Ruchika Bhutani, 30, a part-time counsellor and homemaker based in Delhi, switches on the television in her bedroom. From late morning till 2am, the television is on, with either Bhutani, her husband or their six-year-old daughter watching their favourite shows. Even while Bhutani is doing her household chores, or her daughter is doing her homework or taking a nap, the television is on. “When my daughter takes her nap, I mute the TV, but don’t switch it off," says Bhutani, who cannot imagine a world without television. “There’s simply no substitute for it. If I switch off the telly, I will get so bored that I would have to step out of the house."