Seven saviour sins of desperation
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As the seventh season of Desperate Housewives, an ABC channel soap that airs in India on Star World concluded last Sunday, I felt as if a close "gurlfriend" had walked away.
DH, the spicy-satirical-funny-insightful narrative of the lives of wives on Wisteria Lane in an American suburb is enticing, if you are hooked to the battle field of human relationships. Loved by many and scoffed by as many viewers across the world, for its girly ghetto and the caustic emotional roller coaster it spins with each episode, the serial is to me a Gurlz Guide to the Seven Sins of desperation. It lays bare the frailties and fragility of relationships, telling us where we could stumble and fall and how to then pick up, dust ourselves off and walk on.
For someone like me, who would eagerly apply for the post of Relationships Editor if there was such a job in a publication, these four temperamental women — Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher) and Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) are the faces of four perplexions (at least) that constantly dog women's lives. Each represents a dilemma. If Gabrielle is all Gloss That Keeps Going for Toss, like a glistening cellophane paper tightly pulled over childhood trauma; Bree represents Come Let's Commit a Crime -- a "sin" arena we constantly try to protect ourselves from. Lynette is the Incurable Control Freak and Susan Ms Empathy corrupted by Self-Sympathy.
You are guessing right if you are reading this — no editor will pass these lines in my copy. Which is why I take the recourse of a blog to make the point that Desperate Housewives is akin to upside-down relationships whether we are married or single, gay or heterosexual, monogamous or just phonogamous.