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subbiah sridhar
subbiah sridharhttps://www.mootnotmute.in
A writer/author by hobby and a former Indian Diplomat. I am 55 years and a Graduate in Political Science Honors from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University as also a Post Graduate in Sociology from Annamalai University. I am the Great Grandson of Late Mr. M.S. Purnalingam Pillai, BA, LT, Emeritus Professor of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichinopoly who authored 27 works in English including Madras University Papers on Shakespeare’s Plays, Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, Stories from Goldsmith, Socretes and Plato and Evolutional Ethics, Julius Caesar, Othello – with introduction and full notes, Digest of Roman Law, The Ten Tamil Saints, History of England, etc. and 16 works in Tamil including Surapadman, Avvai Kural, Seyyul Kovai, Viveka Vilakkam, Panniru Penmanigal, Kathai and Karpanai (Story & Dream), Navaraathri Lectures, Kamatchi, Tamil Essays or Sitrurais, etc. I am interested in writing on topics of varied interests and for the time being I keep Politics and Religion out of my purview. My recent book titled ‘Nature…Human Nature…Animal Instinct’ published by M/s BlueRoseONE Publishers is available in Print and e-Book formats in various Book Stores and in Online Platforms such as Amazon & Flipkart as also in Amazon global platform and various other global publishers. The habit of writing articles started way back from 1986 when write-ups were submitted for publication initially in ‘Monday Diary’ column of Indian Express Newspaper and then other National-level newspapers. Writing is my passion and as and when ideas come, I pour it out in black and white and feel contented when the same gets published. My innumerable blogs are available in subbiahsridhars.blogspot.com and myvoice.opindia.com. I wish to achieve a remarkable success in the field of writing and publication of various Articles, Write-ups and Books solely penned by me. Writing is my passion and my view is that if one has come to this world, one should contribute some good thoughts for the benefit of others. I love nature watching and in fact many of my articles find a mention about the behavior of various flora and fauna and revolve around the environment. I also keep thinking and writing about celestial bodies and their movement and try to write something about the mysteries surrounding them about which our knowledge is too meagre. My Website – https://www.mootnotmute.in My social media links are - Instagram Handle -- https://www.instagram.com/subbiah_sridhar/ Facebook Handle -- https://www.facebook.com/SubbiahSridhar Twitter Handle -- https://www.twitter.com/sridharsubbiah Linked-in -- www.linkedin.com/in/subbiah-sridhar-6a9929267 *****

In this world full of stress, tension and ever increasing crime rates, the role played by comedians with artificial laughs and so-called merry-making for the purpose of earning bread and butter and the same being relayed in the idiot box itself seems debatable. Every age in a person’s life has its own accompanying tension in nowadays world. Children are stressed with their ever increasing syllabus, bulky study materials, face various new mode of examinations in this competitive world and more importantly in this pandemic period various changes in education pattern itself with sometimes offline, sometimes online, sometimes hybrid format of teaching and studying has increased to the already existing pressure on students. 

Working people have their own stress, be it on road during heavy traffic jam every day or be it stress related to reaching their respective place of work on time and the repetition of stress during evening hours while returning home. Retired people have their own stress of how to pass time and get freedom from the monotonous and boring life. Nowadays, WhatsApp has become a very good partner for one’s life from start of the day till the time one retires in bed, no Saturday, no Sunday or any holidays for WhatsApp. When almost every being is filled with so much stress, the so-called comedy makers in various channels in television and internet seem only to increase the stress instead of relieving one from one’s stress. About the satirical style of laughing that follows any kind of so-called comedies being made viral in social media, the less said the better. That sound of giggle itself is annoying at times when someone is in stress and instead of being a stress reliever adds to the strain.

The comedians’ on-screen behaviour is clearly visible as purely artificial one with no relevance whatsoever. At times there are hardly any comedy in the role they play and the chuckle and clapping accompanying their act is all too artificially made and a pre-recorded sound effect of such laughter is not worth watching forget getting some delight. What purpose do these comedy players serve in the real world, except helping themselves in making their own both end meet. In this busy world, there may be very less audience who may be watching or more so, even liking such useless and good for nothing shows. One comes home after struggling finding ways through the ever increasing heavy traffic every day and is obviously tired that one lands in bed soon after dinner and gets ready for similar next day struggle and hardly anyone will enjoy such comedies in television.   

Come weekend and most of us are already busy and preoccupied with many of the domestic chorus which is required to be done only during the week’s end.  There are many viewers who would watch such comedy shows just for name sake and the purpose of watching such shows is just in order to avoid people whereas their own thinking will be somewhere else. It is just a mode of avoiding the other people – be it at home or outside in public place. Even on the streets, it is common to find people busy with their mobile phone and get glued to WhatsApp particularly when they see some of their known people coming from the opposition direction and it is one of the best option available nowadays to avoid someone with whom one does not want to correspond. Coming back to the fake comedy episodes, it may be mentioned that such irritating programs should be discarded as it plays its role only in adding to the ever increasing stress in human life nowadays as it is grossly different from the real world and to say or think that by watching such comedy shows one might find relief may be very rare and the majority will feel only irritated by hearing such artificial hoots and see make-up glamour. 

Even the various so-called or believed comedies played in Tik-Tok or any other comedy strips available in various social media sites, etc. seems rather cheap and nauseating, particularly the sound of chortle that suffixes such comedy acts and are rather disturbing if played in public places and which even sometime leads to scuffle between people in public places, as not everyone is in mood of hearing or seeing comedy shows and as said before most of us are already pressurized with our own day to day tautness and if someone plays such irritant thing in public place it leads to avoidable fight. Not out of place to mention that it is well known fact that nobody enjoys the life in full without one’s spouse, at the same time maximum comedies are also made on the spouses only which is but a harsh truth. One enjoys such comedies if at all only till the time one’s health is fit and is getting timely food prepared and served by spouse. Once the other half gets sick, forget watching comedy serials. 

It is high time such comedy shows are stopped from being relayed and instead the time is utilised in a more fruitful manner. For that matter, even the episodes of channels like Animal Planet, National Geographic, etc. are more interesting than to watch the useless comedy shows with its accompanying cartoon-like characters. There are many other stress boosters such as watching the real comedy episodes such as Tom and Jerry, Charlie Chaplin and many other such slapsticks which are sober and silent and in a way much better than the irritating comedies with their accompanying blasts of laughs, etc. played by the so-called comedy players who think that they are doing a very good role in playing funny characters.

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subbiah sridhar
subbiah sridharhttps://www.mootnotmute.in
A writer/author by hobby and a former Indian Diplomat. I am 55 years and a Graduate in Political Science Honors from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University as also a Post Graduate in Sociology from Annamalai University. I am the Great Grandson of Late Mr. M.S. Purnalingam Pillai, BA, LT, Emeritus Professor of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichinopoly who authored 27 works in English including Madras University Papers on Shakespeare’s Plays, Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, Stories from Goldsmith, Socretes and Plato and Evolutional Ethics, Julius Caesar, Othello – with introduction and full notes, Digest of Roman Law, The Ten Tamil Saints, History of England, etc. and 16 works in Tamil including Surapadman, Avvai Kural, Seyyul Kovai, Viveka Vilakkam, Panniru Penmanigal, Kathai and Karpanai (Story & Dream), Navaraathri Lectures, Kamatchi, Tamil Essays or Sitrurais, etc. I am interested in writing on topics of varied interests and for the time being I keep Politics and Religion out of my purview. My recent book titled ‘Nature…Human Nature…Animal Instinct’ published by M/s BlueRoseONE Publishers is available in Print and e-Book formats in various Book Stores and in Online Platforms such as Amazon & Flipkart as also in Amazon global platform and various other global publishers. The habit of writing articles started way back from 1986 when write-ups were submitted for publication initially in ‘Monday Diary’ column of Indian Express Newspaper and then other National-level newspapers. Writing is my passion and as and when ideas come, I pour it out in black and white and feel contented when the same gets published. My innumerable blogs are available in subbiahsridhars.blogspot.com and myvoice.opindia.com. I wish to achieve a remarkable success in the field of writing and publication of various Articles, Write-ups and Books solely penned by me. Writing is my passion and my view is that if one has come to this world, one should contribute some good thoughts for the benefit of others. I love nature watching and in fact many of my articles find a mention about the behavior of various flora and fauna and revolve around the environment. I also keep thinking and writing about celestial bodies and their movement and try to write something about the mysteries surrounding them about which our knowledge is too meagre. My Website – https://www.mootnotmute.in My social media links are - Instagram Handle -- https://www.instagram.com/subbiah_sridhar/ Facebook Handle -- https://www.facebook.com/SubbiahSridhar Twitter Handle -- https://www.twitter.com/sridharsubbiah Linked-in -- www.linkedin.com/in/subbiah-sridhar-6a9929267 *****
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