I remember the days when the very colorful and entertaining satellite television (Dish TV) took over the very insipid and dull PTV. One of the channels that became a permanent resident in most Pakistani homes was Zee TV. Through their ‘time immemorial’ dramas depicting stories of love, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law rivalry, scam and deception Zee TV gained a lot of popularity with the Pakistanis.
Zee TV has very recently launched another channel called Zindagi, which presently airs, in India, syndicated television shows from Pakistan. Back in the days when PTV aired the classics like ‘Dhoop Kinarey’ and ‘Tanhaaiyaan’ and with a gap of almost thirty years the Indian public then saw the likes of modern day hugely successful hits like ‘Zindagi Gulzar hai’ - it all came as a big surprise to them. The scripts, the true to life dialogue delivery, absolutely gorgeous looking and natural actors – the Indian public was extremely receptive and appreciative of our talent.
The main purpose of the channel was to bridge the political divide through fresh yet seasoned cross border entertainment. ‘Zindagi’ channel has certainly breathed life into the lives of Indian TV watchers and given our actors a wider platform. So well done Zee TV and Zindagi Channel on your initiative to minimize the divide!
Moving from Zee to the alphabet Z, I am now concluding the series with our last letter and giving you a recipe with the most voted vegetable ‘Zucchini.’ Presenting to you a combination of zucchini noodles with stir-fried broccoli and crunchy peanuts. I pepped it up with store bought chilli oil, but quickly stir fried in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper – plain, simple yet extremely comforting. Possibly bridging a gap between your No-Carb diet and More Carb cravings.