How is it appropriate that Hariharan will find his weekender filled with newspapers in "Behind the Headlines"?

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Lakshmi fills her husband's weekender with newspapers to represent the frustration that she has felt as his wife; for twelve years, Hariharan has ignored his wife's desires while amplifying the importance of constant news.

When Lakshmi recalls mornings in India, where she lived as a young girl, there are feelings of warmth associated with the beginning of the day. Her grandmother's voice could be heard singing as Lakshmi awakened, and devotional songs filled the morning air. Mornings during this time in her life made her feel "warm and pure." By contrast, Hariharan has insisted on turning on the news before Lakshmi has had a chance to even rinse out her mouth. Instead of warm devotionals, Lakshmi's mornings now begin with stories of floods, robberies, starvation, and rape. She tried in the past to convince Hariharan that she would prefer to have a bit of time to begin her day before being bombarded with the world's tragedies, but he ignored her wishes.

After her husband returns home from work each day, Lakshmi is again forced to endure endless news. After dinner, he reads more papers and then turns to the computer. At ten, he again watches news on the television. If Lakshmi attempts to interject conversation into their shared space, she is greatly ignored; thus, she has learned to simply be quiet.

After twelve years, Lakshmi feels that she has been serving a "sentence" and decides to leave. She packs newspapers into her husband's weekender, because that is all he has ever seemed to care about, anyway. He will thus arrive at his destination completely unprepared, but Lakshmi's efforts demonstrate her frustration at being minimized so that Hariharan's sole focus in life could be a constant consumption of news.

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