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Life in the slow lane
The entire MetroPlus reporting team turned up for the annual run, but cut many corners

The line-up

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They said it

Participating in such shows calls for enormous amount of grit, determination and killer instinct on the part of kids. Hence, they should be groomed and coached through mock drills and soft skills training. This is must for those kids who are ...

No kids’ shows

These shows put pressure on already-overburdened kids. Parents set huge targets for their children and want them to become rich and famous. In the process, children lose their innocence and cease to enjoy their childhood. The best solution is ...

Blame it on parents

Due to growing awareness and opportunities, today’s generation is exposed to various academic courses and extracurricular activities. It’s ideal for the development of the personality. But over-enthusiastic parents exert ...

Better than soaps

Reality shows seem to be the new-age entertainment recipe. I think most kids enjoy and have fun watching these shows rather than weepy soaps. The reality shows also give kids an opportunity to showcase their hidden talent. Some of them may ...

Emotional trauma

Once they get a taste of fame and money, kids may neglect academics. Parents, who push them to be successful, do not realise the emotional trauma children undergo. Let them enjoy a carefree childhood.

Eunice Soundaraj

Chennai ...

Right perspective

Though reality shows enable children to display their talents, they often create fear in their minds. Parents should encourage children to utilise such opportunities but, at the same time, tell them not to worry about the outcome. They should ...

Child labour

The recent incident of 16-year-old Shinjini Sengupta has opened a Pandora’s box. Though reality shows promise huge prize money and an entry into the glam world, they could prove to be taxing for young minds. Most often, parents are to be ...

Innocence lost

In reality shows children behave like grown-ups. It’s a little bizarre to see them in glamorous outfits and heavy make-up.

V. Ashok

Thiruninravur ...

More burden

Children are already burdened with homework, projects, assignments…why add more? Participating in reality shows means long sessions of practise. Isn’t it unfair?

Aparna G

Nungambakkam ...

Participation matters

Reality shows are a boon to children who are talented but have no platform to showcase their talent. At home, children get whatever they want and participate in competitions with the same mindset. Therefore, they may not be able to handle ...

Close to life

I think it prepares them for life’s battle — to face competition and handle challenges. Basically, children are receptive to new ideas. Some feel these shows play on children’s emotions. But I think they should learn to take ...

Lower the stakes

I remember watching a reality show called “Meri Awaz Suno” on DD in the 1990s, in which a 13-year-old Sunidhi Chauhan emerged the winner and went on to become a top Bollywood singer. The judges on the show guided the children like ...

Commercial exploitation

Seeing children who are supposed to be enjoying their childhood being put under immense stress to perform in the name of reality shows is disturbing. It is too early to judge their talent while they are just in the learning stage. Moreover, ...

Fake situation

Reality shows often don’t portray reality but sensationalise situations. The participants and judges are there just for some moments of fame. Nobody is truly bothered about promoting talent.

Santha Sruthi ...
Beauty And Wellness

Happy Feet
Beauty Let Dr. Fish feast on your feet

He doesn't whisper
Rahul Bose makes his choices loud and clear

Mightier than the sword
Cinema None can deny the power of a good script. But why are we still lagging behind when compared to Hollywood, asks Swarupa Pillaai
What’s in a name
The director and cast of ‘Mohandas’ speak about the film
Fourth time lucky
Manjari Phadnis was a surprise element of “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”

Make a swift choice
Swift and Fabia stand out in the fast growing hatchback segment. OUSEPH CHACKO tells you which is a better bet
Shoja for solitude
WANDERLUST Get a feel of life up above the hill at Shoja, writes RISHAD SAAM MEHTA
A car for a bearing
Looking for a bearing for a ball-mill, K.S. Subramaniam discovered a 1956 Fiat Elegant
Merc works more magic
The C63 AMG is built on the same philosophy — performance at any cost
Virtual mechanic
Car and bike questions? We have the answers
SUVs become dearer
Additional excise duty slapped on fuel-guzzling vehicles
Driving ahead
BMW engine gets several top honours at the 2008 awards

Beat street
Charles Mingus gave at least two Town Hall concerts. The first, in 1962, had a big band performing new compositions for which the musicians were unprepared. By all accounts a disaster, it was still full of the passion and vibrancy of the ...
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Arabian knights
Rebelz theatre group’s latest production is a spoof on classic tales

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