Originally posted by Bonheur
Thanks, Nithya. I agree that etiquette is totally lacking here. How can Suja read a lawyer's notice or any letter intended for someone else? Parthi's behaviour also shows utter lack of decorum and, incidentally, there should be decorum between spouses too. Parthi cannot stomach Anandhi questioning him about his movements and yet he can ask her intrusive questions about her family (Gaya, Elango, etc). Such behaviour is shocking in a man who claims to have lived "in foreign".
Btw, when will our scriptwriters learn that "foreign" is an adjective and not a noun. It is always a "in a foreign country/s" or "in a foreign land/s", never "in foreign".
I agree with Bon about the lack of etiquette in our TV characters, and I am afraid our older and younger generations are absorbing all this after watching these shows. I have been lamenting about this for quite some time now, esp when you see the lead characters happily going through other people's stuff and eavesdropping shamelessly. As far as Parthi is concerned, I do not wish to talk about philandering husbands. I have absolutely no sympathy for such characters, and this is one reason why I am not watching this show, just reading the updates.
Incidentally, using "foreign" as a noun is common in India! The usual remark is "Avar foreignkku poga poraar or ponaar and so on" or "foreignle irundhu vangi vandhaar", as if there is a place called "foreign". But this is a little better than in the North, where it is called "phoren"! In three years of watching SunTV serials, I have come to the conclusion that many words are multi-purpose in nature, they are nouns, verbs, adjectives, whatever, e.g., conscious (conscious vandhaachu!), tension (romba tension aagadhe!), so the only thing to do is to safely forget all the rules of English grammar while watching. Better yet, you can do what I do sometimes, mute the TV and just watch their saris and jewelry! Sometimes, even that seems like a punishment esp when they make the men wear embroidered shirts in pink, or the women wear some atrocious saris and hairdos.
Edited by eljay - 30 June 2009 at 8:14pm