aur ye khat humko likha hai…

This is from the Facebook memories of 2014.

2-3 days ago I was listening to AIR FM Gold channel and there was a letter from someone from some remote place in Kashmir. The gentleman insisted in the letter that DO read the name of the place from where I am writing.

I couldn’t stop myself from noticing the difference. On one side we in the metros are living this always-on-run life and on the other side there was someone who wanted his place’s name to be read loudly so that people know about it ! How simple life must be at that place !

Folks who have been radio fans before this FM channels attack era came would be able to relate to it.

If you have been a radio fan in those days, you would be able to relate to it so much. The happiness when names from the letters you sent were read on radio; it was so blissful. Such simple joys. It was TV that killed the radio listening in India. As TV kept coming to more and more households, Radio started getting ignored. TV was more entertaining and “new”. Only the older generation tuned to BBC News & All India Radio for news. Then came the FM era. The FM channels in small cities were more like an extension of AM/SW channels, covering local stuff etc. But this burst of FM channels in Metros spoiled it all. Almost all of them broadcast trash day and night. They can’t really be called radio channels.



(Image from here)

With the number of listeners going down many radio channels all over the world have started shutting down their services. Also the companies stopped making Radios. At least in India, if you go to market to buy a radio, there are very very few options available. Phillips is making one or two models & same thing Sony is doing. Then there could be some low quality stuff made locally. Western countries especially USA is going good in this area. You search for a radio on Amazon.com and you have hundreds of options to choose from. Also if you YouTube for a DIY radio antenna, you will see thousands of videos posted by people from Western counties describing how to make you own antenna for AM or SW. It is so beautiful and nostalgic stuff.

This fast paced life and new means of entertainment and getting information has replaced this simple part of our lives called radio. I don’t think that era is gonna come back but we at least can cherish those memories.

Re-plugging a post i did few years ago – Best of online Ghazal radio stations.

Bombay rains

This is from Facebook memories of this day in 2013 when i was stuck in Bombay rains!

Oh boy…Bombay’s first rain and i am part of it ! Rather stuck in it !

Keeping in mind that my flight is at 2 am, i booked a cab for 10 pm. 4 hours are good enough. Right ?

Then it started raining at 7 in the evening and still raining till 10. The taxi guy didnt turn up. Called all taxi walas and as expected nothing is avlvl.

Luckily got a local guy who also had to come towards airport side. Finally rain stopped after 10 and we came out to look for some auto or taxi. Long queues of ppl everywhere looking for some taxi or autos.

Finally the mode that we mostly ignore : local bus. Changed two buses and it took about two hours…but here i am at the airport in time.

All thanks to the local guy who knews the bus routes and everything otherwise i would have been sleeping in ofc probably !

If you are going to Goa

Few things we learned on our recent trip to Goa:

  1. Lets get started with the first one i.e. finding a taxi once you land at Goa airport. The queue at the official counter is too long. You probably will have to wait for 30 mins or more to get a taxi. It would be a better idea to either arrange a taxi before you reach there or go out from the airport and talk to the some drivers roaming around. They have their cars parked on the roadside and you can easily strike a deal with one of them. Will save you a lot of time though you may need a walk few hundred meters. No there is no Ola or Uber in Goa.
  2. If you are staying near Calangute the best place to rent a bike, car or a jeep is guy called Dolphin. Very genuine rates and a good number of vehicles he owns. Here is the location of this shop.
  3. Titos is a shithole. Avoid it. There must be tens of better pubs out there. But AVOID Titos. They really have nothing to offer.
  4. Folks plying taxis in the city hardly bargain. They are going to charge the amount they quote. At times it might be a better idea to rent a bike or car.

That is all for now.