INDIAN television dramas have become a favourite pastime for almost every Indian housewife.
Housewives and retirees are addicted to these shows on Astro.
And these dramas can go on for up to three years daily.
Sadly, these dramas have caused turbulence in many households mainly due to the time housewives spend watching them.
These dramas in Tamil and Hindi start at 9am and end at 10pm.
They kill the quality time that should be spent with the family.
Children aren't getting attention from their mothers due to this drama addiction.
Some husbands are ignored by their wives.
Some women have even reduced the number of dishes they cook in a hurry.
This has led to arguments in some families. I believe it has also ended in a few divorces.
Also, other family members are not given an opportunity to watch other shows.
Due to this, some couples watch Astro separately in their bedrooms.
Some young people have even moved out from their parents' homes.
These dramas -- which focus on vengeance, enmity, how to destroy competitors, violence, murder and hiring gangsters to finish off someone, and also daughter in-law and mother in-law fights -- have a great psychological impact on the drama followers.
I recently visited the house of my father's friend in Penang, and my family and I were shocked when the wife of my father's friend failed to entertain us.
She was glued to the television watching her favourite drama.
She did not even offer to make us a drink. We were ignored.
Now, 35 years of friendship is in jeopardy due to Indian television dramas.
Dramas and other television programmes are supposed to be just for entertainment during our leisure time and not to take up most of our time.