One Pepperoni Pizza, With a Topping of Politics, Please


One Pepperoni Pizza, With a Topping of Politics, Please

Illustration: Arati Gujar


good old-fashioned TV dinner used to feel like the last bastion of clean, apolitical fun for the whole family. Unlike an ordinary home-cooked meal around the table, there were neither inevitable arguments about portraits of Jinnah, nor were there ungrateful children refusing to eat baingan over mom’s dark mutterings of “when I die then you will know”. An evening spent stuffing your faces with pizza while catching up with Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah takes the pressure off of everyone. You can laugh at Jethalal’s antics while breaking bread, and complain about commercials instead of each other. Any disagreements are of the trivial sort, concerning themselves with the merits of Rekha’s Umrao Jaan over Aishwarya Rai’s, and the eternal question of mushrooms or no mushrooms.

At least no one is accusing anyone of wanting to destroy the fabric of the country, right? Such deep, existential shouting matches would be restricted to news channels and student protests.