Thank You For The Music The Songs I am Singing.
I am a Music Freak, my blog posts will start with autobiographical posts, please read the 1st 3 blog posts,to know me, before proceeding to others. Thank You
Radhika Nanda tweeted a Gustavo Petrol quote this morning, which goes like this
" A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it's place where rich use public transportation"
Two days back, A Facebook friend Jeanne Kennedy Nanda, who is at Eton, but has studied at Frank Anthony Public School, where her late Dad taught, posted a picture of Delhi-Gurgaon(it could be Delhi-Faridabad DND flyover as well)
Traffic Jam & Huge number of private cars on the road.
To which I replied thus
Me: Are you in Delhi Jeanne?
Jeanne: No VenuG whenever I am in Delhi, I shall meet you for sure
Jeanne I refuse to buy a Car.
Though I can
afford an SUV/Sedan 😀
A) There's no
space to park in my official quarters.
parking space anywhere.
C) Suppose I go
shopping with Shree, I need to keep driving while
Shree shops. Or go to Malls where parking is 30
bucks an hour & the prices of commodities are
D) I reduce pollution.
E) Avoid traffic
F) I myself drive a motorbike & slide past
traffic in a jiffy.
G) During busy traffic days leave
my bike at home. Take an auto to nearest metro
station Jatin Das Park, get down & Central Metro
& Walk or take a tram(luckily Kolkata has one)
Tricks of trade.
H) The only time I take a Cab is
when I go out with Shree!!!
I) For example, when I last visited Jaipur , I
had a busy work day, and I had to come back home from work, which is 7 Kilometres, little distance at other places but tough for Kolkata(Dalhousie to Ballygunge through Metro channel known for its political rally traffic snarls & pack my luggage & only then go to Airport to catch my 20:40 Indigo flight(who are so punctual that they call it "Indigo Standard Time" I was late to start from office due to a last minute meeting & relieving party to a colleague who received sudden transfer order & relief instruction. As I am the branch head I had to be present. I took a Cab home thikthinking that there was enough time called my wife to pack couple of dresses.
There was a rally linked traffic jam. I got down from my Cab, ignored taking a bus, I took a metro to Dumdum , then an auto, and then paid a private taxi Rs100 from Outside airport to Departure Terminal of Netaji Subhash Airport Domestic Terminal.
I reached the Airport in 35 minutes & had still 30 minutes spare time to check in. Normally at peak hours it takes 2 hours to Airport from my office.
Had I been snobbish & impractical I'd have missed the flight for sure.
bought luggage & clothes from Jaipur at
Rs5000(saved 800 Cab fare & 6000 flight. Even
David Cameron takes a tube. These ego's are
useless. One has to be pragmatic.
Modes of Transport In Kolkata
A) From Airport Cab only if neccesary (with new 110 Rupee parking fee)
Come out to main road a kilometre (travel light with a strolley bag or a backpack)
Take a bus.
B) From Howrah/Sealdah Railway Station.
Howrah come out cross the road take a Ferry across to Babughat from 8-8 Monday to Saturday 2-8 on Sunday.
C) Otherwise local mode
II) Mini/Blue/CSTC White/JNURM Volvo AC buses.
III) Auto to nearest Metro/Circular Then Metro/Rail
Note during Bandh Rail is affected Metro NEVER. During Bandh Hartal Strikes Auto & Metro never stop.
IV) in Old City Ballygunge to Kidderpore to Tollygunge to Esplanade to Mechua(Bars Bazaar) snail paved slow moving but moving anyway trams YES KOLKATA IS THE ONLY CITY WITH TRAMS.
V) Walk, Cycle, Unicycle, Pogo Stick small distances. In 700001-6 walk is the best & happiest way to commute & fastest. 😁😊😋😝😀
Almost 3 years ago, in June 2012, when I started this blog, I started it with THIS post
Titled "My initiation into Music" , actually it also meant to be "My Love Affair with Radio"
Though there's a song "Video killed the radio star" but there's a romance about Radio. Even now, MTV/Netflix / Amazon / iTunes / Spotify/ Shazam / Saavn / Gaana / FM Radio
HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO KILL PBS RADIO.
Even now, it is PBS radio, which is the main source of choice of music as per genre, of 90% of music lovers worldwide. Don't believe me?
See this picture.
Hear THIS YouTube playlist "Old Radio Shows" (164 videos)
Do yo remember Vijay Daniels presenting Forces Request or Geetanjali Aiyar presenting Saturday Date on All India Radio, Delhi studios or any of your teenage All India Radio late not night radio presenters?
Well here is a chance, for you to be remembered by today's teenagers 30 years hence. Whenever we the 80s generation travel by Delhi Metro, and hear "अगला स्टेशन राजीव चौक है, प्लेटफार्म, दांई ओर" or "The next station is Rajiv Chowk, the platform is on the right side" you say aloud "Hey, that's Shammi Narang(Doordarshan Hindi newsreader/ Rini Simon Khanna (Doordarshan English newsreader) or On Kolkata Metro(Poroboti Station Moidan, platform dandike ) Kolkatans can tell me whose voice it is in comments below. 👇👇👇👇
The voices are so cool & comforting that
A) It forms among 10 Things you notice on The Delhi Metro as per Abhishek Bhardwaj on his Blog HERE
B) The search of Voices of Delhi Metro, returns this on Google Search.
C) Google Search Suggests "Lady Voice of Delhi Metro" 😀😂😝😋😊
D) Rini Simon Khanna has a "Fanboy Article" written" on Caravan Magazine HERE
AIR Kolkata B is looking for graded casual freelance radio announcers (Radio Jockeys/Rjs)
qualification Knowledge of written + spoken English & Western Music
a) Send a Money order of Rs 300 adressed to Station Director, AIR Kolkata to be sent to All India Radio, Kolkata, AIR, Akashvani Bhawan , Eden Gardens, Kolkata 700001 West Bengal.
b) Write an application on plain paper. addressed to Station Director. AIR Kolkata, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 700001 giving full CV(mentioning your voice related co-curricular activities, like debates, drama, theatre, emcee, declamation, Symposium, Seminar) attach the copy of the receipt of Money Order with the application
a) written test.
b) on qualifying written test voice test.
c) after b you will be graded
d) your remuneration will be as per grading in c.
e) you shall have to go through 5day " Vani training" .
f) you shall be continuously reviewed & conrltinue to be in. the panel till you're found unsuitable
g) Age maximum 50 Minimum 18.
h) retirement at 60
this is freelance panel. not a permanent job. Under no circumstances does this turn into a job(but if you keep the recording contracts safely, and submit them while applying for future employment opportunities as AIR Anouncers, to the vacancies, announced by AIR, Vividh Bharati, Prasar Bharati, Song & Drama Division, Films Division, Doordarshan, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Directorate of Advertising & Publicity(DAVP) advertised frequently in http://employmentnews.gov.in website by UPSC or SSC.
Payment is as per grade/programme & if you get 6 programmes a month you get more than 80% Kolkata gets paid
PS Between 1979-1995 I used to be paid a minimum Rs 100(1st programme 1978) to Rs3500(2 commentary jobs) Rs1500(coverage of Sports meet) When I was paid Rs1500 my gross pay was 11000. (had 2 shows that month.
You can mail your scanned applications to
The Rate Card is here.(Later not available not available now)
A) Kolkata AIR competition HERE
B) Job opportunities in AIR HERE
C) AIR Technical / Voice trainings HERE
D) How to be a great announcer. HERE