You all know that there was a time in my life when Television was my friend, philosopher & guide.
You perhaps also know that Rekha and I once used to fight for the Television remote and now fight over different issues.
You have also read how my life has been influenced by television. If no…you should read my life`s Maggi story.
Television being such an important part of my life (not as important as it used to be when I was 15…but important, alright)…it was a milestone achieved when I appeared on NDTV 24×7 last week.
It isn`t that I haven`t appeared on TV before…I have and it happened in 2006.
While the TV cameras were taking stock of the stampede that killed 200 in Chennai, my passport sized, black & white photograph which was lying on the ground next to an injured man, was on the screen…for close to ten seconds. Imagine, ten whole seconds!
Anyway, let us cut back to the present. This time, it wasn`t my photograph…it was me in flesh & bones that appeared on TV.
The moment I came to know that I would appear on NDTV 24×7, at 7.30 p.m. I called up my ancestral village and informed them. Around two hundred people congregated in front of Government donated TV that`s viewed from outside the Panchayat office – the TV is kept inside the office but near a window.
As luck would have it, NDTV 24×7 failed to air my show at 7.30 p.m.. The crowd waited patiently for one hour after which it grew restless. They would have started throwing their chappals (for that`s the latest fashion!) at the TV if they had been wearing one. Instead, they started throwing stones. The Panchayat President called me up and put me on a loud speaker to pacify the crowd – exactly the same way Sachin tendulkar is called to pacify the crowd when the Eden Gardens crowd gets restless.
After telling them that their ‘son of the soil` will soon be on TV, I called up NDTV 24×7 and told them that their this mistake was going to cost 200 lives (and one television)…if they didn`t air me on TV soon enough.
The good people that they were, they agreed. And here goes the clip that was shown to a round of applause from people all over the World, including my small village of 200 people.
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