Wednesday, December 30, 2009

When the world comes shattering down.

They say that the crash is going to happen in 2012.
But for some its going to happen tomorrow midnight.
And those few are the music lovers who have their faithful World Space satellite radio at home.
Like somebody said “Indians need food, water, clothing and music to live”
But unfortunately the music is going to be yanked off by World Space as it is coming to an abrupt halt at the stroke of midnight.

So what do I do with this rectangular box which I had switched on and off for the last four years. In fact it was mostly on and hardly off. I was surprised that my wife did not object to it being on even when we were sleeping at night (of course at a very low volume)
As for World Space, I think this is another classic example of huge companies who squander away money with no thought of the consequences. Like some one commented “what is the justification of spending a whooping 5 crores of Indian rupees on A R Rehman by asking him to lend his voice for the promotion of the satellite radio. You people got nice money without doing any serious job, without taking any responsibilities, enjoyed life in posh hotels with good food for each birthday, anniversary, for team entertainment, roamed in the flight all over the world for no reason, given good increment for your favorites, spent life in the office for chatting, browsing, downloading, viewing and played enough internal politics. Your wrong management had a Supervisor Worker ratio of 4 : 1, and did not allow subordinate to do work properly, All these years you made enough without any pain. Nobody to check, ask, supervise, you have cheated Indian Subscribers and also those who served. And now when the chair is yanked off your butts you cry foul play
I heard that they have filed for Bankruptcy in the USA. Wonder what will happen to the 4.5 lakhs of subscribers in India.

So I think I will pack the rectangular box and keep it on the loft. Maybe some kind soul (like the Ambanis or Tatas or even A R Rehman) will take up this sick unit and continue the service.
After all what is life without music. And when we say music I mean real good music. Not the ones belted out from the local FM stations where it is more of gibberish (and jabber) and hardly any music.
Colourless ?
That’s the reason I listen to my favorite ipod while I travel to work ( two hrs both ways) The recent inclusion in my ipod are five cds of Binaca Geet mala (one CD lasts one hour) .
Ameen Sayani’s narration keeps you going as he unravels the yesteryear singers and actors and how life was tough then.
Like the hero who came from Lahore in 1947 (during partition) to work as a hero in Bombay. After a lot of rejection he finally got his first job as a villain (for a salary of Rs 500/- for the whole film)
His name was Pran.

That is Ameen above. He talks about himself too where he started with jingles for Ovaltine !!
More such jingles followed which instilled in him the confidence to ask for payment. Says he “I hesitantly asked the producer, ‘how much would I be paid for that’? The producer shot back, ‘No money, but you would be given a tin of Ovaltine every week…’” And I believe the health that I have today is because of Ovaltine, which is not sold anymore…” laughs Sayani, who is now 78.
There are more insights into the old Hindi film world and it’s a real entertainment for the ones who love old Hindi songs.



Another inclusion in my ipod are 3 CDs from the Album Stars on 45.
A gem of a collection with songs like Tie a Yellow ribbon round the old oak tree, Papa Love Mambo, Paper roses, Que Sera Sera, Beautiful Sunday, Rose Garden, Yellow River, Knock three times, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Rain drops keep falling on my head. . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 songs in all.

15 comments:

Samyukta said...

Hey thanks for sharing such a nice walk down memory lane. Lovely post indeed!

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

PropellerHeadMom said...

Sorry to hear about your World Space radio. I think many large companies suffer from greedy executive management. They only care about themselves and their friends and not the business. Wow - I can't believe you commute four hours a day!

The Holy Lama said...

Worldspace disappears somewhere between world and space...but music carries on. Ameen Sayani has admirers across generations which is what makes him a real prince of voice. Nice post. Hope your wife is able to sleep post worldspace, she might me addicted to little murmurs and sounds through night:)
HAPPY new year to you

Christine said...

Sorry to hear about Worldspace. I used to listen to my satellite radio constantly until my subscription expired last month. It's been a tough month since then.

I wonder if I can find this Stars on 45 over here. I love all the songs you listed that are on there.

Neha said...

worldspace - sad indeed...but a nostalgic post..I have been reading all nostalgic posts since morning..nevertheless; they bring a smile on my face :)

BK Chowla said...

Very nice post.I am very impressed.

Bardot said...

Great post Joe...

Bindu Chopra said...

You really express well. Am so glad that i cud connect to you. I tried connecting with your followers thru ur blog to get more traffic to my blog but it doesnt connect me.
Cheers!
Bindu

Ram said...

I was one of the first to get Worldspace DTH satellite radio mainly for programmes from the Maestro and WRN (with 40 odd radio stations prime one being NPR Washington with their Freshair,Morning Edition,Cartalk, Diane Rehm show and many more) all free of of ads. Pity they closed down service. India had the highest number 4.5 lakh odd subscribers with 65% of revenue. Hope Reliance or Tata's will consider taking over their Indian operations.

Ramgopal/Bangalore.

AshKuku said...

I loved Pran in his character roles.... I loved, love & would love his role in Parichay... Love that movie a lot...so much that I watch it weekly once....

Thanks for dropping by....

Happy Celebrations!!!!

Wishing You & your family a very happy year ahead....

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Amy C said...

I can't believe you travel 2 hours to work each way!!! That's awful!!!

Haddock said...

@ PropellerHeadMom
@ Amy C
I think I will have to clarify this. Its two hrs both ways which means one hr one way. (I better clarify it in the post itself)
Thanks to all for the comments. Good to know that I could take many down the memory lane.

Anu said...

hey, u too are a worldspace addict?? the box remains on all day long at our place too...

but can u believe it??? my instrument, an old one more than 6 years old, just got spoiled about a week earlier,and then we hear this awful news!! and now, i cant even get the box back!!!the call center seems to be gone too, for i have been trying desparately to find out what to do.......

Shalini said...

Another good post. Lovely Photography!

Haddock said...

comment through mail:

Thanks for a beautiful heartfelt saga ....my brother is suffering like you. I too am a fan of Ameen.
Heres to music ...It can NEVER DIE ....JACINTA /CINDY