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If you search for Sanjay Kumar on the Internet, you'll find he's either a former CEO of Computer Associates (now doing 12 years in prison for accounting fraud), a solider, or a wrestler. I assure you, none of these people are me! I've been in broadcasting for a couple of decades and have had a few names (radio people often have more than one name). So, for most of my career, I've been Ted Asregadoo (my real name), Ted E. (groan), and now Sanjay Kumar. I am Asian Indian, but was born and have lived my entire life in North America -- with most of that time in the Bay Area. In my radio career, I've been a DJ, traffic reporter, news writer, and news anchor. I also worked in promotions, marketing, and social media for a group of radio stations for a few years. The good thing about having all those jobs is that it has made me a very versatile radio talent (a good thing to have these days as the business has really changed). Anyway, that's the skinny about me. If you're a big Twitter user, you can follow my musings, retweets, and conversations about music.
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PBS aired some interesting quasi-reality show programs in recent years, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend the DVD sets as an excellent gift suggestion, if you have someone on your list who is into history. You can find them on Amazon.com and probably other places, but I've found the Amazon prices were the best. I watched all three of these and think they will each make good 6-8 hour video gifts for the history buff on your gift list.
The premise is.....casting calls went out for applicants who agreed to live "authentically" for several weeks, or months, adhering to the strict rules, norms, tools, social requirements, foods, and hard work of the times. The participants are not playing roles or acting, they are being themselves but living in a different time period.
In Frontier House (6 hours), three American families were dumped into a wilderness valley with a bare minimum of supplies and had to fend for themselves (while non-intervening camera crews followed them around filming their hardships). Watching people from our modern society trying to cope with the hard life our ancestors lived is interesting. Can they do it? Are modern people too spoiled or are they as tough as our great great great grandparents were? You'll see.
Manor House (6 hours) has a large cast of participants and is the most fun to watch. Emotions run high, and so do the personalities. Keep in mind this one was produced in Britain by the BBC and they have thick British accents which some peope over here may a bit of trouble understanding, but that shouldn't scare you away. Manor House came out years before the wildy popular Downton Abbey. If you are a fan of that show, you already get the concept; upstairs leading a life of luxury while downstairs the hard work goes unnoticed.
Colonial House (8 hours) is set in colonial America with a boatload of modern people deposited onto the shore of New England, left to build their own society following the rules & expectations of the rigid 1700s. The experience is difficult for some, physically and emotionally. I was struck by the tedium of everyday life, and the endless hard work. The way those early settlers lived is so far removed from our modern way of living, it is almost unrecognizable as America the way it used to be. Not my favorite of the three I've listed here, but still good if you're into history.
There are four others in this "_____House" video series, but I did not care for them as much as these and don't recommend them. If you're looking for a decent video gift which will entertain the history lover on your list, you can pick up all three of these for about $25 each new online as DVD sets, so I think $75 for all three is a nice package in my opinion.
Disclaimer: This is not a commercial! I am not being paid in any way to recommend these, I'm just passing along a personal gift suggestion as the holidays approach. Enjoy.
Frontier House ..... modern families struggle to live as authentic western settlers.
Colonial House .... modern families try to live as ourt country's colonial settlers.
Manor House .... British cast, modern people try to live in the Victorian way of life (Think Downton Abbey).