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  1. @ pragni: Not sure I do, either. It’s a brand that’s fashionable to obsess over I suppose. I don’t own any, for that matter but too many episodes of SATC had me scurrying out for new shoes (not Manolos but just nice looking ones!)

  2. @ AnonEcon: I still think they aren’t that different. The certain section of our population that finds itself in the situation of ’empowered men in a world of men’ is really tiny and most Indian women (even in the upper educated classes) are grappling with the problems like in-law conflict, dowry harassment, ‘traditional’ Indian values, the joint family system pressures etc.

    @ Shreyasi: I guess that’s because you and I are lucky (?) enough not to belong to the strata to which this is actual reality.

  3. Also the rising TRPs of the K-serials show that the ‘liberated’ (in thoughts, judgments and beliefs) ones in this country and society are few and are largely outnumbered by the other brigade who in their outer lives might be the riders of new technology and lifestyle but in their own dens propound regressive thoughts.
    The other way of looking at it is to watch them as some pantomime/comedy show and not get involved/ use rationale,which I haven’t been able to bring myself to, mostly because I get angry and impatient.

  4. “I relate to women who live these out on-screen, in lives that look like mine”

    For me the biggest difference lies here. The themes of SATC or chiclit may be shallow, but they still are based in the sort of issues actually faced by a certain strata of women. Women who have achieved economic independence but who must live in a culture that is still mostly patriarchal. On the other hand, I see the K-serials as a rearguard action against any kind of independence for women and an attempt to keep them within the chaardiwari. Doesn’t that make them shallow in a more dangerous way? But, of course, I am preaching to the converted.