– is how I would describe the dance/song competitions that have currently flooded the television..
It is really irritating to see small kids emulating grown-up expressions. I felt the same after watching the little girl in “Cheeni Kum”, and other child artistes of this era. I believe that kids should behave like kids and not act beyond their age. I miss the innocence these days. Somehow, childhood has lost its meaning to a great extent. In our times (do I sound like an old woman now?!), childhood meant reciting nursery rhymes, swaying to songs sung by parents or played on radio, playing kho-kho with other kids in the colony, and of course scared to demand anything unreasonable from parents (that was usually met with a straight “no” with no scope for further negotiations). These days, it is more about who has the better mobile/play-station/clothes/shoes in the class, dancing to the latest bollywood songs with complete perfection (that includes all the latka-jhatkas that I hate so much) and of course harassing parents so as to get their demands met. I don’t know if it is “evolution” or “devolution” that has led to the kids getting mature at such an early age. But I do know it for sure that it is irritating to the core!
Just an afterthought : I should ask my parents if they felt the same way when we were growing up!