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!! 🙂
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!!