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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Time stands still

on Dec 31st '09.. It was doomsday at home...  I woke up at 6.30 and as i sleepily got out of my room, an eerie silence greeted me.. Took me a few minutes to adjust to the silence, and realise it was that day... Gosh, time had flown by so fast... 1st thought was- where is granpa?? found him in the dining room, sipping his tea, in silence... 

[rewind a bit so you understand the emphasis on silence]

In our home, the TV is on around 4am.. granparents are up and watching one or the other tamil/religious channels on some talk/discourse/shloka/etc... and parallely, the Worldspace in their bedroom hums to life, with Shruti on full swing- a carnatic piece floating in the air... This is the routine for as long as i can remember!! 

[fastfwd to 31-12-09] 

Why the silence? Cos Worldspace had stopped their service in India... Had received a mail from them saying the same couple of weeks ahead of the date.. we had been hearing of their bankruptcy situation on TV, but dint know what was going to happen... Infact, last year , we paid Subscription for not one year, but two thinking what the heck, why not!! :D 



Granpa was morose and in a fowl mood for a couple of days..kept switching on the worldspace unit to see "maybe, just maybe miraculously it would sing as always"... and then walk away sad.... Today, the unit sits in its cupboard [ yes, uncle bought a cupboard so it can be stored neatly] and used as a stand for books and sundry....!!

Is there a point to sending Worldspace the details they had mentioned on email [also found here on their site]... will they resume service ever?? why is it that only Indians are subject to this??? unfair i say!

Have you had any such experience??do share.. [psst, this post was sittin in draft forever now.. and finally decided to up n publish it]
 

17 comments:

Swaram said...

Ayyo really :(
Since I ws stuck to my dockin station for some days, I told the world space fellas we will only get it renewed after a few months :( Never knew its no more :(
Lemme go hunting for some news nw :P

rauf said...

i tink i is da first to get WS in Matrass orteedee, i got Hitachi. Apter a cuppala monts i wroted to dem that if they continue wid their stoofeed policies they'd soon be out of bijness. one chokree i forgot her name used to read my mails on da show. i recorded dem. i tol dose clowns look mans, there was a time when moojic was avalabole only to da richee. i said today i have all da moojic i wan an i aint no richee. who wants a radio ? i said no point in playin non stop moojic. i wan tok, inpormasan details of da moojic an all. they changed their style, but not good enuff for me. i mean a few of dem like cundry an rock stuff what ? i porgot orteedee. Any way i pade subs for one year den i stopped.

rauf said...

click on dem flags orteedee, some french FMs are terripic, this one is brit FMs.

http://www.england.fm/

PNA said...

really! I never knew, so it's tru my GK and daily newspaper reading are on a downward trend... Ammma... Let me go off to update myself..

Good Day Aaarti

Swaram said...

And wat abt this unit :( Its only gonna b a show-piece :P

Anu said...

Hey, I too miss WS and shruti..... that was our alarm to wake up, and Samhith's teacher about the various instruments... it was a favourite pastime of his , to identify the instrument being played :)

btw, this is for swaram... we dont even have the instrument as a show peice, since it was sent for repair just the week before the catastrophe,and now, even their call centre is shut down, and i cant get my instrument back!!!!

vimmuuu said...

Arent they arranging for refunds ???

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Indians aren't used to the idea of paying music and also the device was not portable, so their business model didn't click in India. No doubt the content were good...

Will Chaitanya hedge come back to Radio city now?

hitch writer said...

Sigh !

Chatterbox said...

There is no life without your favorite channels and programs.

I can imagine how frustrating and bugging all this would feel :(

Take care :)

Aaarti said...

Sigh.. guess misery finds consolation in company!!! but i wonder why they wont resume or there are no other takers to restart the service in INDIA..!!!

Anu - ouchy.. but the unit is BPL or Hitachi or one of the others right? nothing to do with worldspace, then why are they not giving it back or fixing it? ask them!!!

Vimmuuu = they sent a mail saying send your details but we arent promising anything...

Shrinidhi - 1st off welcome!! Yep, the content was good and catered to people of varied interests... and even had news channels...
Wonder where Hegde is now...

Aaarti said...

Rauf - Ahh, but they have channels where there is talk n moojic right?hmm, sad that they shut shop like this...

Thanks for that link. i also remember u told me another site from where u can listen to british radio/songs etc.. dont remeber now.. pargotten

Granpa now listens to carnatic collections on raaga or keeps playing one of the dvd's from home

How u doing?? long time... me been good.. gen busy doing this and that... lotsa trips to blore..

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