Word of the Week #51:

Catharsis

You are tempted to conclude it sounds like a detestable medical thing, are you not?

Well, if you do, you would be terribly mistaken.

The best way to elaborate its meaning would be by using the theme song of On Air With AIB, and I seriously hope you are familiar with it. If you aren’t, you might seriously be missing out on something truly interesting.

Yes, one can argue that their current season does not quite meet the impact of the previous one, but one must also keep in mind that Season One had weekly episodes and the consequent dilution in the intensity can be attributed to the increase in their frequency.

Now, I could have focused more on the artist who wrote the song than the artists who are using the song, but I have a deeper agenda, here. You see, I do want to talk about the many vital aspects of life in India discussed by the show in the language they know best: Humour.

Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine. Trevor Noah, the new host of The Daily Show, is a prime example of a person who epitomises this adage.

Feel free to ignore the highly misleading title of the video…

It is quite interesting when you realise that, for a great segment of today’s opinionated youth, such comedy shows have become the most reliable sources of social and political commentary, while the trust in conventional journalism continues to plummet.

With the rise of entities like AIB and EIC back home, and the prevalence of Colbert, Kimmel, and most importantly, John Oliver, one can safely say that this is the Golden Age of social comedy.

Now, even if we do go down, we will go rolling on the floor.

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Yashas Mahajan

Author of Arrkaya: Origins, now available online... Increasingly being referred to as The Writer Guy...

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