Friday, March 28, 2008

Earth hour

Just do your bit. Try switching off the lights beside you by 8 o' clock tomorrow i.e., 29th March 2008 for an hour and try making a difference.

link - click here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Being an RJ \m/

You might be wondering when did I become one, Well here is the complete story.

My tryst with FM continues...

This friday, on my way back home, as usual, was listening to FM. tuned into Big. 92.7. One of my favorite. As I would've told you guys, my post on Radio FM channels, is still in the design state. Will be out ASAP.

Its Deepu time, (Between 5-9), he is pretty casual, jovial. Just like nimm pakkada mane huduga(Friendly Neighborhood RJ, Hehe, Indeed I had one Deepu in my neighborhood, not an RJ) It was 8, and as always he had a question answering which he had some gifts to be won. The moment i tuned in, he just quoted the question and played some songs. I didnt knew what was the catch.

The question was 'Life alli heg bindaasaagirbeku? (Whats makes to be jovial in Life?)"

I just had a Boing(Aikka, idea banthu!!) in my mind and replied the moment it struck me. "Bindaasaagirbekandre Life alli expectations ittkondirbaardu. (To be jovial, one shudnt expect anything from life)" and just forgot about it.

It was 8:15, 8:30 and there was no response. I thought, this one would be another crap answer I gave and continued listening to radio. 8:45, it was Moda Modalu on air from the movie Uyyale ( which you can hear exclusively only on Big, you won't even get a CD in the stores) and a call Interrupted me while I was in a heavily crowded bus at Karthik Nagar. The bus had just stopped and it was an unknown number. I got down presuming that it would be RJ Deepu. to my surprize, it was! Here goes the conversation.

RJ Deepu : Hello Sandesh, Idu RJ Deepu antha Big FM kade inda.
Sandesh : Ha! Heli Deepu. Call maadidralla Khushi aaythu.
D: Elliddira?? Jor shabdagalu kelsatha ide?? Enfull jagala nadeetha idya?
S: Illappa! Bussalliddini. Nillsthu! 1 Nimsha ildbidtheeni thadeeri.
D: Ayyo, bussella iliyoshtu important alla kanri callu. Maneg hogri parwagilla. Ishtella scene bekiththa?
S: Ayyo, saavra bus baraththe siva! Heli en samachara?
D: Oh! olledu. On air thogollokkintha munche, ondh maathu. Naale saayankaala namm studio ge barakkagaththa?
S: (I dint knew this at all! was dumbstruck!) Ha?? en heltha iddira? Nange RJ kelsa maadi ondh naya paisa abhyaasa illa. Heng nadskodli?
D: Ayyayyo, neevobbre iralla. Naanu pakkadalle irtheeni. Barakkagaththa?
S: Oh! neevu pakkadalle irtheera?? maththinnenu?? nimmanna nodid haage aagaththe! Bartheeni nadeeri.

Then he took the call on air, which some of you might have listened. I just repeated my answer given and he announced that I'll be co-hosting the show. Details will be given to me later.

Never imagined that I can do this. I started messaging my friends that I'll be co hosting a show on Air with Deepu. Most of them were shocked and were happy for me. I could make it from their voice. Thought of informing all once I get the details about the show.

I waited till 10:30 but in vain. He didnt call me back. Thought he'll call tomorrow, switched off my cell, started charging it and lied on but didnt get my sleep till 1. dont worry, I wasn't thinking about the show. I just didnt have my sleep till 1. Thats it.


Woke up in the morning, to check if I got any message as i got from Radio Indigo. There were none except MyToday messages. Finished my Praathah Karma, parsed the newspaper once, solved SuDoKu along with Dad, had my haircut early on Mom's compulsion. Had my bath to find a missed call on my cell. It was Susheem. I set out myself to meet him. As many of you know, he is one among those whom I meet almost every weekend. He was busy that evening and we planned to meet early. Yogi, a.k.a Slomotion also joined us @ beagles. we chatted for sometime and Susheem had to leave. 1:15. We had a cup of coffee at newly set, Guruprasad, Malleshwara and roamed here and there.

By 2, yogi and I were on our way to Hallimane to finish our lunch when I got a call from Deepu. I had to be there by 4:30. He gave the details and I informed virtually all of those whom I'm in contact with. I was boasting.

Finished eating Akki rotti, Yogi wished me good luck and set back to home. I took my bus to Majestic from Link Road. Reached majestic by 2:45. Anand Rao circle was captivated by BJP leaders which made us to take the unusual route to K.R Circle via Racecourse road. We were there at K.R. Circle by 3:30. FM gave me company which I need not mention.

Was at Koramangala by 4:10, I found the office in no time as Koramangala ( To some extent almost the whole of Bangalore), is quite familiar to me. went to Ganapathi Devasthana nearby and I was at the studio exactly by 4:30. I was greeted by the watchman saying that Deepu is already on his show. (he must be new). I was listening to Rapid Rashmi at that instant. I explained him the reason I came and waited for Deepu's response. I was asked to feel comfy at the terrace. Met Deepu by 4:45.

I'll not tell much about what I did on the show. Briefed about blogging in general, my blogs in particular, my interests, my songs on the whole, everything revolved around me for an hour on air.

Its really a good experience to be on air. I was a bit hesitant in that perspective but everything changed once I stepped into the console. You feel so comfortable, All thanks to Deepu. (No matter how many times i express this, it'll fall short of the mark).

When songs were getting played on air, we discussed about general things. We shared our thoughts. Remember, he has pretty solid links with Sandlewood (Kannada film industry, and i gotta know lots of interesting as well as shocking facts about it).

The main purpose of the show was to fool people and make them happy by letting them know about it. It was my turn that day to give a number whom he can fool around with. Most of them were listening to the show and I had to select one whom I hadn't informed. I browsed through my phone book to pick Koli Manja( ECE topper, NMIT, 2005). That was fun.

On the whole got some idea about how things go on Radio, how will things be, more than all of them, met Deepu, enjoyed to the fullest which makes this experience memorable.

Was given a Schwarzkopf shampoo as a gift of rememberance. I took a pic of us together where I have come like Kumaraswamy (As recognized by a shopkeeper in Bangkok bazaar, where I'd been to get my mobile covered.)

Hehe!! I dont mind how bad I come. I happy for what made that photo happened. Happy for me, happy for Deepu, Happy for Big FM. ( getting unnecessarily sentimental, just mentioning it)

Got many calls from all sides wishing me that the show was good. once again, all credits goes to Deepu. It feels great to be an RJ.

This post is dedicated to him and the time I spent, being an RJ along with him. =)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Benglooranna ondonde kade mundaaystha iddare!!

Literally translates to "They are balding Bangalore gradually". ( Note : Balding is a term I take from Shruthi, from one of her post.)

Here are some of the pics which i took on this Saturday. I was about to meet my friends in Majestic and hence I took a bus to Majestic which went all over Cunningham Road to bypass the Guttahalli BDA junction. I just reached the High Grounds to see this pathetic view. I don't have the pics to show its previous beauty. I apologise.

If you just check the below photograph, you can observe that 'The Le Meredian' previously 'Holiday Inn' of Bangarappa, has not been touched. They cut down trees but do not touch private buildings. They may demolish the public buildings like the Bala Brui Guest house right opposite to the High grounds police station but not the so called posh Hotels like 'The Le Meridian'. I don't know one thing, Don't they have the basic understanding that they can re-build any building to any extent but the are impotent to grow trees of that mammoth shape?? Dont they have common sense?? Let them demolish the buildings and be eco-friendly. Nope! They won't do that.

You know why?? Its just because that the owners of these hotels would have dumped their money into the hands of these stupid politicians and those idiots would sanction any of their orders in a godly manner. Poor creatures.

I have one Idea, dunno how many agree to it. Let them retain the trees and demolish only the buildings. That would retain the beauty of Bangalore.

You see in the above pic, they are busy playing Golf. =(

One more contractor giving a finishing to the Arch for his apartment. Doesn't he know that that part would be acquired for the expansion of the road or has he given ransom??

On the whole, they are giving a major blow to Bangalore. Major hit is to its Greenery. I cannot think of any other thing which can stop this other than government taking any action on this. Do you have any better idea?