Monday, July 23, 2012

I never wanted to be a Radio Jockey!

After 4 and a half years the occasion has come when Tadka is searching for its new brand RJ!! Registrations will start on the 25th of July and Auditions will follow. Thereafter- qualifiers and then THE NEW VOICE SHALL BE PUT ON AIR!! It's like... Hi main hoon... RJ...!

Past 5 days, I have been narrating to people how to rehearse to be an RJ. I guess they are confused and excited too. The most frequent questions are:
1. What do we speak??
2. What is the eligibility?
3. Any qualifications?? etc. etc.

Memories float down my eyes when I think of my auditions... the lane to be a Radio Jockey. And because I have promised to write a blog that describes my auditions... here I am with the New Brand Blog Post.. (Before the new Rj off course.. :)!!)

So it was the month of December in 2007. Date is something I'm missing.. but ya I remember the day- It was a Saturday! Cold but sunny. You already know... how much these Saturdays and Sundays count to the students. They are like strawberries in the plate of jamuns! So, I had a plan to sleep all the day to make the best of what you call a holiday. I made my mindset too!! But destiny.. it is carved!

11:30 a.m.:
My sis came up with a newspaper advertisement that contained the pic of a dude-sort-of-boy with headphones. It read " Do you want to be a radio jockey?? Walk in with your resume today!" I yawned, Told my sis.. "So...?? What Do I do??" My sis gave me a friendly glare (Jaise fair and lovely ka advt chal raha ho.. arey audition de..teri kismat badal jaayegi.. chal na try to karte hain...!) And I was like...NNNNNOOO!! To be specific I was a sort of anti-media girl. "Ye media waale na sirf time waste karte hain.. ?(Pehle to mera selection hoga nahi.. aur maan lo... agar ho bhi gaya... to )ye kahenge...aaj nahi, kal aana, kal nahi 7 days baad." I just thought... ye bhi koi life hogi... they'll waste my precious-gold-like days and I will be simply crushed. So I refused. But sweethrt... I tell you an Anandi waali dadisa with rockstrong dialogues.. and two sisters with 'emotional blackmailing talent' are world's deadliest combinations.. they give you no choice!

To chalo... chalna to padega.. Patrika office.

3:45 p.m.
Though I am not a good manager with funds... but ya... I can 'latify' the things. I mean the auditions had to close at 4 and we reached only 15 mins. ago. (ACHCHHA HUA LATE HO GAYE...SHAYAD AUDITIONS KHATM HO GAYE HO..:p)But as we entered.. what do I see... a line of at least 200 people was erect. And I was like.. Chalo badhiya hai... itne logon mein mera selection.. impossible.. such talented people na.. :) Any ways I stood in the line and my sis followed. A lady stood in front of me.. pretty prepared.. she had a paper also.. with something smthing written! Probably she rehearsed. An who-so-ever was visible... everybody wished to be a radio jockey. I was releived... " Chalo, with such prepared people.. at least I won't wate my time! yuuuhuuuu!

With every contestant passing by voices doubled Thet asked the bakra-who-had given-the-audition..." Yaar.. kya pooch rahe hain..?"

Meanwhile... even my chance arrived, I sat on the chair... the person with a light purple shirt and a pair of spectacles asked me " Describe yourself.." I did. He then told,"Koi joke aata hai?" I hardly remember any jokes.. so it was a difficult one.. I narrated a haathi waala joke.. jo aaj bhi mujhe yaad nahi.." On emore question and he told.." You wait don't go.."

Even my sis had finished with her audition and she wasn't asked to stay back. I mumbled.. " yaar ye phir 3 din baad batayenge.. they'll waste my days.. lel's move home." My sis told no...! Stay back.. if they have said.

But they diddn't.. they introduced us to a link (what RJs speak) and asked us to speak about Cricket, Cinema and Kota. I did and re-thought.. ab to direct ghar.. but this still didn't happen. Instead, a girl quite senior to me came to ask me.. "how did u speak?" I told what... ?? like this only.

What happened next is a history... and Out of 8 of us who were sent for the final training at the head office where...only I was left as a radio jockey! Nothing to be over-proud.. but I guess.. RJing was my introduction to me! It is good to be an RJ...especially when you wish to change people's life positively. And they do change... the lives! So far, if you google search "RJ Saavi" you'll find that saavi completed her 1000 episodes last april.

I mean it.. I never did things to show off! God has been generous! and listeners more than good! I just I tried to do it the better way!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Even the thought is dreadful..!

It's raining in Kota... and I must say it is like heaven (par khayaal rahe... main swargwaasi nahi hoon..:P) As expected I should better talk about Kachoris.. pakodas or a mug of coffee... but then.. these (already) are graciously present in the statuses and cover photographs of my facebook friends.. to jo pata hai... use bataane ka kya matlab..?? audience badi samajhdaar hai aajkal..ek picture ko doosri baar nahi dekhti...story repeat to chhod hi do..

Well the point is--- aaj ka blog -'Even the thought is dreadful..!' Agar iss waqt mein show par hoti na.. contest hi poochh leti.. which thought is dreadful for Saavi?? Answer aate... maut ka khayaal, desh mein bhrashtaachhar ka khayaal, internet band hone ka khayaal, aapke boyfriend ke rooth jaane ka khayaal... etc.etc.

But beyond this answer,there is another fear- which I discovered today itself. Chhat pe baarish mein bheegte bheegte khayaal aaya... ki Saavi agar tu RJ nahi hoti to???

Vaise, not to lie my family keeps me out of these tantrums of being a record-holding RJ. My sis initially never told ke her sis(me) is an RJ. In my college, I never used name as an RJ and got my form deposited as a normal girl.. line mein khade hokar... though my boss then told-" Saavi tujhe jaane ki kya zaroorat thi.. tera kaam to yun hi ho jaata". I still go to market on foot- whenever I have time. So, it's like normal.

Parrr.. na jaane kyon pichhle 4 and a half years mein iss RJing ki aadat ho gayi hai..
I remember, on the first day of our traing our boss told- Now forget everything you are an RJ. Kuchh important dikhe to raat ko 12 baje bhi boss ko call karo.. bolo.. boss.. aisa and discuss... each and every moment u'll live another life.. RJ waali. And alike other times, maine use kuchh zyada hi seriously le liya.. ab tak bhugat rahe hain... A few side-effects being as narrated...

1. I am a morning jock, Pichhle 2-3 saalon se subah saadhe 5 baje hi uthti soon as somebody says...yaar aaj to 7 baje uthh gaya.. I flaunt- Arey mein to saadhe 5 baje uthi thi...As if they are interested!! uff! bless me!

2. Again being a morning jock...I hardly look at the breakfast menus... I know- kha to kabhi paaungi hi nahi.. show ka tym jo chalta hai..I have to sleep in tym aur agar office party hai.. phir bhi office to subah 6:30 hi panhuchna hai.

3. We even have to give some weather, as soon as somebody says... aaj kitni garmi hai.. I begin up saying- Ha temperature.. 41/ 42/43... 45 degree...etc. hai... as if mausam updates begin now.. phew!

4. Family ke cousins aapko RJsaavi didi bulaate hain... aur school mates to pehchaanne mein hi tym laga dete hain.. "achchha.. are you the same"

5. Specifically, for me- being a regular jock (1000 episodes without a holiday record) I got less holidays.. ab to chhutti par jaane se pehle bhi bahut sochna padta hai..

6. When I watch the television, seriously saying- I cannot watch it for pleasure.. aadat itni kharaab ho gayi hai,... ki aa bas show ke triggers hi dhoondhte ho.. ekta kapoor ke serial aise. onec a listener told.. please watch.. don't observe the serial..

7. My sis complaints.. "beta.. you'v gone more social and less emotional." And frankly, mujhe behte public nal se zyada problem hoti hai.. bajaay ke meri sis ke incomplete course se.. Jiju says.. "yaar ye.. saavi bolti ho to aise nahi lagta.. kitni badi baatein kar rahi hai.." hohohoho

8. Har cheez mein trigger (bolne ke topics) dhoondho.... problem hai RJs ki..doodh ubaalna se lekar daadhi banana.. I TELL YOU.. MAIN KISI PAR BHI SHOW KAR SAKTI HOO..

9. Status bhi aise update karte hain.. jaise public sab humein hi sunne baithi ho... ahahah

10. Tyohaar par hum ye nahi sochte.. ki ghar kaise sajaayein.. we think.. "yaar event kya kar sakte hain..??"

11. Ghar ke function ko..anchoring se event bana dete hain.. uff!!

Ghar wale kehte hain.. Pagal hain ye.. RJ hain ye..

Par mujhe pasand hai ye pagalpan.. where I thank God that he gave us a chance to change the lives of the people.. Our passion to speak for good is going ahead! Thanks to the listener who once told " Saavi.. aap bolte raho.. aapke bolne se kota aage jaayega.." :)

Par sach hai.. the thought is actually dreadful! Agar listeners chhoot gaye aadatein choot gayi to bhale hi mein ise laakh kosoon, par dukh to definitely hoga! (Imagine hindi film ka scene.. saavi wiping tears...)..
Good night!