Saturday, May 04, 2002

Here in Pune yesterday, I came across an FM radio station called Radio Mirchi. Found out it belonged to the Times of India group and began broadcasting only this week. They had started earlier in Mumbai, Indore and Ahmedabad, and plan to kick off in a few months in other cities including Chennai.

It rekindled an ambition I used to cherish earlier—a radio-show of my own. How about introducing to this tasteless generation the fun to be had with real rock music? The Beatles, Dylan, Springsteen, the Stones, U2, Radiohead, et al…. I consider myself a good teacher and just maybe I could make a few converts…. A taste for jazz or classical is even more difficult to develop, I think, though, of course, only difficult, not impossible.

This radio DJ ambition of mine was later superseded by a desire for my own film review show—one that damns the shit and shows off the gems; that will open the eyes of those who think films mean cleavage and jerking hips (or maybe it will put them to sleep).

I had talked up Nesly about the possibility of such a show on any of the Malayalam satellite channels—a sort of youth-oriented regional arts magazine focusing on the English / Malayalam / Hindi films releasing in Kerala, and also such events as the film festivals. What do you think, Fobbin?


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