A 16-year-old boy in East Delhi yesterday smashed his television set with his slipper for “senseless absurdity”. He has accused Rajeev Nigam and Manish Paul, contestants on Sony TV’s show Comedy Circus of creating senseless comedy on which he could barely laugh. “I bet my school chemistry teacher can make our bones tickle more, by asking bizarre questions like What is the volume of an iota litres of water? and Why do an electron and proton love each other?“ said the student, Ram Gopal Sharma. However, he has defended himself by saying that the TV blasted not because he smashed it, but by the laughter of the judge Archana Puran Singh. Sharma is a student of Lovely Public School in East Delhi.
|“Insane circuses at home
aren’t fair,” says Ram.
The science student, who takes his IIT-JEE coaching from FIIT-JEE, has been unable to study recently because he always starts wondering why people like the two comedians. His recent behaviour has been described as “absurd” by his classmates and family. “Even my coaching institute teachers are obsessed with Rajeev Nigam. I ask what is he? My friends who were once solving JEE papers, are now downloading Comedy Circus videos from YouTube. Is IIT a joke to them?” the boy yelled out in frustration. “Everyone is mad about the show, and I am not able to understand why!”
|Such people with multiple-
have made Ram’s parents
forget his face.
Two years ago, Ram’s parents wanted him to pursue a career as a comedian, but the boy remained adamant that he wanted to become an engineer. “Since then, my parents never supported me much,” he says. “Criticising me is the thing they relish the most, after watching the stupid show. Even after clocking 75/75 in my Mathematics phase test, my dad wasn’t happy at all with it. He asked how I could have scored 75/75 if I hadn’t written anything on the answer sheet? By just darkening 180 circles with an HB pencil, you cannot expect the highest marks, he said. He felt I had bribed the examiners. All this bad sense of humour is due to his addiction to the show,” says a frustrated Ram.