For the past 3-4 weeks, I have been watching Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)-5 in awe. Sometimes the episode gets very inspiring too. And the reason is simple - the nature and the background of all the contestants on this show. The past 4 seasons of this show had mostly contestants from a normal background leading a decent life with not too many troubles throught their life. This season has opened up a totally different window. We could get to hear the story of an young man who met with an unfortunate accident and got paralysed neck down. His poise despite such a catastrophy was such a delight to watch. He won Rs. 12,50,000/- that night, and the sense of achievement and pride in his and his father's eyes is difficult to describe.
We have even got to see and learn about the lives of housewives; teachers from rural areas;physically handicapped yet mentally strong people; folks from small towns; folks with jobs that don't pay much (especially the guy who picks calls for ambulance service... remember him? :) He asked 3 interesting questions to Amitabh himself!!) - in total, we got exposed to a whole new world out there. A world most of us thought is difficult to exist. I don't mean to say that we did not know such people existed. What I meant is that most of us surely did not know that these people also read a lot, discuss stuff and have a good amount of information on general/current affairs. And this is despite their living and growing up conditions - I think that is the biggest reason I have been in awe of this season.
Not just their stories, but even the way they conduct themselves on the show has been very nice. And I must say, Amitabh Bachchan as the show host has been very very gracious while interacting with these contestants. The subtle humour that flows from both the contestants and BigB, all along the program has been another treat.
Maybe a few might feel that this season is more like a melodrama. But what I got to see was reality - the harsh reality under which these folks live their life everyday. Listening to the accounts of tragedy in some of the contestant's lives just confirms how unpredictable and cruel life can be. I don't wish to lecture and all that, but I think watching these folks on TV only strengthened my belief that as long as we are capable of doing good, we should continue to do it. Making a difference in just one life is a feeling that will stay with you for life - we only need to put in a little extra effort to experience that feeling :)