The newest expletive around here is “Julie”. That one name signifies every person you ever hated, the lowest of the low, the back-stabbing, the “sombu-thooking”, the phony, the desperate wannabe, the conscience-less, the opportunist. If you’re not watching Bigg Boss you’ve missed watching the most hated character in the history of Tamil television, ever. So hated, that an entire lexicon of swear words inspired by “Julie” could very well come into common usage – “Bloody Julie”, “Julie you!”, “Juliehole”.
Whether you’re watching just for Kamal Hasan or because you’re curious how low it can get, or because the troll videos are too funny and you need to follow the show to follow the trolls or you’re watching as a social experiment, you’re watching Bigg Boss. That’s all that matters. Let’s not get all elitist about it. It’s ok.
Plenty of people have taken offence at the show for a variety of reasons, the lamest among them being – “There are so many better things to do, so many important burning issues to solve. Instead they are making Bigg Boss”. That’s the most fucked up reason I’ve ever heard. Does that mean we cancel all TV shows, movies, theatre shows, stand-up comedy, concerts & cricket matches and employ actors, comedians, models, musicians and cricketers in the army to fight at the border, in laboratories to research life-saving drugs, in environment groups to clear the oil spill and clean the beach and the koovam?
People are doing their jobs. They are doing what they’re best at. How difficult is it to change channels if you don’t like a show?
What do you reckon these self-important socially-conscious people solved yesterday, last week and the week before? Did they set right the water purifier at home that hasn’t been working for the past couple of weeks? These are the ones who typically read multiple newspapers front to back, watch news channels to corroborate what they read and then take every conversation opportunity to put forward their stand on Kashmir, Trump, Syria and what you should be watching on TV. Pop culture is too common for them, water purifiers too existential, Bigg Boss too crass.
Mamiyaars have taken a breather from comparing notes with fellow maamiyaars about their marumagals. Marumagals are discussing something other than their maamiyaars. Colleagues have momentarily shifted focus from office politics to discuss bigg boss controversies. People all over TamilNadu are overlooking their own petty squabbles and coming together to judge one group’s squabbles, passionately. The BIgg Boss franchise have tapped into a fundamental human desire to judge, to take sides and to deliver justice. Did you vote last week? I did mine. Jai Oviya!
If you were watching a late night show of Bigg Boss and woke up late, here’s a super-quick finger-licking paneer stir-fry you can rustle up in 20 minutes flat just in time to pack into school lunch boxes. This paneer capsicum stir fry is delicious with phulkas or jeera rice. This also makes a wonderful low calorie meal. Finish off with a couple of peanut chikkis for dessert and you have one delicious diet meal (remember project50k). Enjoy!
Paneer capsicum stir fry
- Paneer – 200 gm chopped fine
- Onion – 1 chopped fine
- Green capsicum - 1 chopped fine
- Salt to taste
- Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Cumin powder – ½ tsp
- Coriander powder – ½ tsp
- Garam Masala powder – ½ tsp
- Sugar – ¼ tsp
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Milk – ½ cup
- Heat a pan and add oil to it. When oil turns hot, add the onions to the pan and sauté till the onion turnslucent.
- Add the chopped capsicum and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add the chopped paneer and stir fry for a minute. Add the spice powders and stir fry for a couple of minutes on low heat.
- Pour milk into the pan and scrape the pan to loosen up the masala. Mix well to incorporate. Stir around for about 3-4 minutes or till the liquid is absorbed. Add sugar and mix well. Switch off. Serve hot with chapathis. Enjoy!