Turn up the Radio!!

My parents were strictly against getting a connection of cable TV in our home. So until I started living in college hostel, about 10 years ago, I didn’t have much idea on what was going on in the Television world, be it drama or otherwise. 

My siblings and I were brought up on a heavy dose of Doordarshan. Sometimes if we twist the TV antenna far enough, we would catch a hazy glimpse of DD Metro too. I am pretty sure everyone is familiar with the popular Friends series. Well I used to follow it in the little ‘TV and Movie section of The Telegraph newspaper, yeah imagine that!!

I was a huge fan of English songs, and during those days, there were hardly any programmes that played my favorite numbers. My only solace was a 15 minute  radio series which was telecast every day between 2:45 pm to 3:00 pm.

The school bus would to drop me a good 500m away from home at around 2:30 pm and I used to run like crazy to reach home. I would throw off my shoes in the  veranda, slam the doors and tune in to the radio.

During the day my Mom would often mess with the frequencies to play Assamese songs. And I had to reset all the settings. Ahh so frustrating!! πŸ™‚

With bated breath, I would pray for Maria or Backstreet boys. Oh the joy of listening to Westlife and N Sync!! The suspense of what awaits next and sometimes the disappointment when not one of my favorite songs are played. No one was supposed to disturb me during those 15 minutes.

Through the series, I got introduced to Carpenters and Scorpions. And MLTR too. 

When I listen to That’s Why you go Away, I still imagine myself sitting on the floor, next to the radio, my ears sticking to the speakers. I am filled with a sudden
gush of strange nostalgic feeling, as if something is missing, as if
something has been left behind and beyond my grasp.

On another note, this is what radio does to me these days!!

33 thoughts on “Turn up the Radio!!

  1. Well, I do not have any nostalgic good memories of the radio other than my grandfather listening intently to news in all sorts of languages including hindi, sanskrit and urdu which he did not even understand.

    But the end image, of ruining the song, i've experience that. I've almost completely stopped listening to the radio due to three factors:
    1. Non stop trying-to-be-funny blabber
    2. Too may advertisements per song
    3. Too may repetitions of the same song with very few to negligible options.

    Whatever happened to surprising you with new songs on music programmes rather than putting the same 10 songs in random order.

    Unfortunately same thing with TV these days with both songs and movies. No surprises, reruns and reruns of rerruns for more than a month.

  2. Awww…loved this post. Brough back my own memories. Our bangalore station would play english songs on saturday between 12- 12.30 and i would wait to hear George michael's wham songs. stevie wonders " i just called to say i love you" was a regular song in listeners choice those days. Thank you for this lovely post.

  3. You described everything so easily, yet beautifully. It was very interesting.
    And who can forget Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Ricky Martin, Venga Boys and Spice Girls.
    Also, F.R.I.E.N.D.S was/is my life. I am so impressed by how you updated yourself on this series through a newspaper.

  4. How sweet Rajlakshmi! I did much the same thing, except maybe a couple of decades ahead πŸ˜€ We got our first TV in '83 – I was 20. The radio was my best friend. I used to be so excited to be able to tune in to Radio Australia.

  5. Yeah, my childhood days were kinda similar. My father hated TV altogether and the only channels we ever watched was DD National. We didn't get Metro at our place. πŸ™
    I didn't listen to any radio, but we had cassettes of English songs. MJ, Boney M, Aqua and Vengaboys and some more which I don't know. These are the oldest set of songs I have heard. Always remind me of those wonderful days we spent. πŸ™‚

  6. πŸ™‚ this reminded me of childhood days , we did not have a tv .. and then i came to hostel in school and thats where I saw TV for the first time πŸ™‚ properly … we had that BIG huge RADIO .. in my grandfathers room .. and we would listen to it when he allowed us πŸ™‚

    but year doordarshan was the IN Thing in those days although i must say it did a GOOD job tooo and had some lvoely programs


  7. Ooh how I miss listening to the Radio myself.
    Those amazing songs..back to back..no ads (lesser!)
    They were beautiful.. You brought back fond memories πŸ™‚

  8. haha! My childhood revolved around Doordarshan too πŸ˜›

    Check out 'Young and beautiful' by Lana Del Ray! it is awesome πŸ™‚

    I love MLTR too!

  9. Your have brought out the nostalgic feeling very vividly.. I was also transported to my childhood – we had to go to our neighbor's house to watch TV, B/W ones. It came to our household much later…A good touching post…

  10. I loved music growing up, loved hearing music on the radio, then rushing to the story to collect the records to play on my record player. I could listen to music for hours on end. Still can.

  11. I love the nostalgia you mention.What memories that brings back and hey, what a coincidence that I read this on the same day as my music-related status update on FB πŸ˜€

    Love that last picture. So true, right?

  12. I so miss those days..Radio that played music more and advertisements less. Backstreet boys, britney spears, madonna made us happy. Simple things made us happy.

  13. I dont have very many radio memories, but LP player. And like you, I get that intense nostalgic feeling on listening to some oldies which were played on our LP payer then. And that ecard is sooo apt πŸ˜€

  14. Well we had no TV in our young days so we sat glued to the radio. I guess we learned to entertain ourselves mostly by reading books and playing with friends in building compounds. My kids look at me and go huh?

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