Tadweena, an enterprise that promises well

Date posted: March 4, 2009


Tadweena, an enterprise that promises well

By Wandering Scarab

I've previously written what I thought about various American shows that I frequently watch. I've also been following some Egyptian shows, mainly those geared towards change. One that really caught my eye recently is Tadweena, presented by Marwa Rakha. I've watched Marwa's interviews on various shows where she spoke about relationships. I liked what she had to say, and I found that we have a lot in common, namely the ability to remain objective while employing deductive and inductive reasoning. I also admire Marwa's creativity. She proves that she can do more than just talk about relationships. Her latest project is prime example of that.

Marwa Rakha presents Tadweena in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The neutral background and furniture is also a bonus. Unlike the distracting bright and mismatched colours in other Egyptian talk shows, the setting of Tadweena does not make the viewer feel like there was a recent explosion of Austin Powers. Marwa is the presenter and host. She invites guests and actually gives them a chance to speak, something that many Egyptian show hosts lack the respect to do.

Tadweena differs from other shows in that it's not about relationships. It's a news type program that focuses on blogging and all it's facets, as well as other forms of "alternative media" or internet journalism. The show is Egyptian in origin and although it covers a wide range of topics, the focus is on issues pertaining to Egypt. I've seen the pilot and I'm hooked. What I find attractive about Tadweena is the fact that it's a concentrated dose of news so to speak. For example, if I'm unavailable for a few weeks and unable to visit the popular blogs or follow up on internet chatter, I can see how a few episodes of Tadweena would bring me up to speed, pronto. Based on what I've seen in the pilot, I would highly recommend it.

One of the main selling points of the show (to me at any rate) is that Marwa Rakha is the presenter and host. If you've seen Marwa on other shows or listened to her as a guest speaker you know what I mean. I find that despite Marwa's best efforts, show hosts often cannot resist the temptation to judge others nor refrain from being uncouth in guise and gesture. This is the very reason I stopped watching interview segments on other shows, except for one on Horytna. That show is about relationships – strictly for straight people, as it focuses on the interactions between male and female. I like the topics covered on Baheb Feek Eh and I really like the manner in which it's presented. Marwa comes across as a friend as opposed to the usual schoolteacher attitude we're accustomed to from other relationship gurus. The show has an equally casual atmosphere and encourages people to call in with their problems. Marwa carries that same genial characteristic in Tadweena as well.

If you can get past the judgmental commentary and self righteous demeanour of the host, then you will probably enjoy Baheb Feek Eh. Marwa is a permanent guest speaker on the show and has a lot to offer when it comes to relationship ups and downs including deal breakers. However, if you're not in need of relationship advice (but who isn't these days, eh?) yet you are a fan of Marwa Rakha then you most likely would enjoy Tadweena. And there's nothing to say you can't follow both shows. I certainly do. But if you cannot swallow the predictable idiocy of the show hosts on radio or TV, and still seek relationship advice, your best bet is Marwa Rakha.com. It's the best way to follow up on what Marwa is doing and what's on her mind as of late. She is also generous enough to include links of all her shows and various appearances so you don't have to trail the internet looking for that stuff.

In summary, I think Marwa Rakha is doing a lot of good stuff. She does a great job fighting misinformation and dispelling myths about love through her various appearances. But I like Tadweena because it's different, and the show looks very promising. You can find a link to the pilot on Marwarakha.com or you can click here to go there directly.

Oh, and don't forget to leave a comment after you watch it. Feedback (whether positive or negative) always helps.

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