When you are invited to be on a television panel show…

…you would polish up your facts on the issue being discussed, right? I, on the other hand, start tossing heaps of clothes on the bed to decide the perfect outfit I should wear. And the perfect shoes to go with it. And the perfect jewellery. And then having tried them all out in various permutations and combinations and deciding that nothing fits, and I look fat and gross in all, and will be edited out as ugly scary creature worthy of making special appearance in horror show, given that eyebrows are currently caterpillars crawling across the surface of the forehead and pimples the size of Vesuvius have erupted on the oily surface of aforementioned forehead which is fringed with grey strands reminescent of old ladies, caring too litte about self to touch up regrowth. Having moaned all this to consternation of puzzled husband, and flung around some more clothes, and decided one didnt want to be on panel because one didnt look good anymore, get the gem of the oneliner, “I thought they invited you because of the way you think not because of the way you look.” Yes. That did wonders for the ego. So now will go like earthgoddess in flowing kaftan, and Germaine Greer untamed tresses, parted in the center, and no make up. Its the way I think, not the way I look. So dont look at me while I speak. Its the way I think. Perhaps this should have been a radio show.

Edited to add:  Okay, just back from the shoot. Shot for NDTV’s Good Times channel, for a programme called Lounge. It airs at around 11 pm, and is hosted by the very dapper Rajat Kapoor. I was on the panel with an adorably handsome Ayub Khan and a vivacious Radio Mirchi RJ called Pracriti. And yes, the topic under discussion was reinvention of marriage. As always, I remembered all the points I need to make after the camera stops rolling. Alas. Will put up the exact date of telecast, once I get it so hopefully you guys who are keen on getting your socks bored off you can catch it. And witness the swamp thing speaking.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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13 Responses to When you are invited to be on a television panel show…

  1. childwoman says:

    which channel, which channel KIRAN!!!!!


  2. DotMom says:

    which show, which show. stop being so damn diva-like. 😛


  3. jayashrivemuri says:

    which channel…..pls say its NDTV / Star one / Star plus, cos those are the only channels i get here


  4. alka says:

    Long time lurker, first time poster. So yeah, hi there!! hello, good morning vagerah vagerah………..

    Which channel? What time? And yeah, good luck!! 😀


  5. Moppet's Mom says:

    Oh wow! Which show? Which show?


  6. dipali says:

    When and which channel, Kiran?
    We wish to see you and hear you:)


  7. Lively says:

    Yep, almost always it is what you think and not what you look. But the problem is not everyone thinks so. But I guess you’ll look lovely in whatever you wear (i’m saying this by seeing your blog pic). BTW I have the same question. Which channel? What show? What time?
    I wish it goes well.


  8. Lively says:

    a lil correction in my comment above, it should’ve been ‘how you look’ instead of ‘what you look’


  9. chandni says:

    when u r invited to a tv show, you must go and you must send ample warning in advance so that we can catch it!


  10. churningthewordmill says:

    you were on a show? how cool is that??!!


  11. Kiran Manral says:

    @all: NDTV Good Times. Lounge, 11 pm, hosted by Rajat Kapoor. Dont know yet when they plan to air, but will post timings, once am told.


  12. Priyanka says:

    Oh wow! On tv!! Am sure you will look as great your pic here. Looking forward to the show. Pls pls pls give us a day’s notice!!


  13. sushma says:

    i am sure you must have done a wonderful job inspite all your butterflies.. will try to catch it online.. just gimme the exact airing time.


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