Indian Idol has announced that one person from the top five will become Radio Jockey (RJ) for Radio Mirchi. And if I come to think about it, it can be only Bhoomi who can become an RJ among the five.
In fact it’s quite possible that after seeing Bhoomi’s potential only the Radio people have decided to come up with such an offer.
Do you think there’s anyone else good enough to be a Radio Jockey?
It’s been ten years.
I still remember, when I switched the TV on, a lady had won Rs 40,000, Yes, ‘ F o r t y T h o u s a n d ‘, and she could win 80,000 if she answered this question right. And lose it all, and get just 10,000 if she answered it right. She had some idea but then, how could one risk so much money on just an idea? So she decided to quit. And then Amitabh Bachchan asked him, _____ ji, yadi aapko is sawal ka jawab dena ‘hota’ to aap kya jawab detin?
Lady: Option C. Mohinder Amarnath.
Amitabh Bachchan: Computer ji, ______ ji keh rahi hain ki wo Option C ko lock kartin, batayiye sahi jawab kya hai….. OOoooh, ye sahi jawab hota.
Long sighs everywhere. The lady has a face with a natural expression that is confused whether to be happy or sad. And me? I’m still under the spell. Probably even today as I live the moment again. That was the magic of KBC. Of that legend known as Big B.
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Yet another debut novel by an Indian author. But Broken News is more than a college-goer’s love story. It gives you a peep into the world of news, the world that lies behind the TV screens in our drawing rooms. Oh yes, that’s what they say, even though I sometimes wonder if all people keep their sole television sets (India has multiple cellphones in every home but TV sets are still, majorly, single) in their drawing rooms. At least my parents don’t. And I don’t have a TV set of my own yet.
So coming to the book, Amrita’s Broken News reminds me vaguely of Bridget Jones’ Diary which I had read long back, mainly because both of them talk about thirty something single women, and in some way, have a similarity in their tones too. But then, while Bridget is obsessed with her love life, Amrita’s character M is not much involved in a relationship and talks about life in general, focusing on the work part of it.
While the book starts quite casually, and has a ‘bitchy’ tone in the beginning chapters, it gets more serious as the life of the character, M, gets more complicated and her problems start outgrowing her. She starts with the small trouble around her in the office and gets on to more difficult things, even murder/suicide which make things difficult to cope with.
And then, there are some interesting things too. I mean, apart from the main text of the book. Like before every chapter there is a ‘What We Learn’ where u get three lessons from the chapter. For example, the first chapter starts with
- We all sit in judgement
- Post-colonial angst’s still alive and kicking
- Gods no longer smile.
Well, I think I have told you enough about the book and if it’s difficult to continue without a spoiler. Hence I will stop here. To summarize, I would say that Broken News is not a path-breaking story but if you want to see the Television News Industry from a been-there-done-that girl’s eye, it’s certainly not bad. A good debut.
ye zameen ye aasmaan
ye zameen ye aasmaan
hamara kal, hamara aaj
buland bharat ki buland tasveer,
This advertisement had stopped being there on television years ago. But then, there were new versions and new scooters and memories of old TV that kept hamara bajaj alive. And now, it’s finally going to be over. Hamara Bajaj is finally departing from the scooter segment. Now we’ll have only Bajaj motorcycles, and hopefully Bajaj cars in sometime.
I hope most of us remember what Bajaj has been to us. I have never had a scooter at my home, but I remember the days when everybody who came home on a scooter had a Bajaj, a Chetak to be precise. Agree or not, Chetak was better known as a scooter of Bajaj than Maharana Pratap’s dear horse whose name the former bears.
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