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ChaiCast: World Radio Day and a lifetime of radio listening

Murphy Radio

I am not in love with my voice and there are very credible reasons for that. And this is perhaps in over a decade of blogging, it is now now that I have finally managed to put together my first-ever podcast. This actually draws on quite a few of older Cutting the Chai posts. But [Read more]

Listen: Indira Gandhi announcing the Emergency on All India Radio, June 26, 1975

President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed signed the ‘Proclamation of Emergency‘ on the night of June 25, 1975, but it was in the morning of June 26 that the nation got to know via an unscheduled broadcast on All India Radio (also sarcastically referred to All Indira Radio) at 8 AM. Listen to Indira Gandhi’s Emergency announcement [Read more]

Mahalaya: The Advent of Autumn

Today is Mahalaya, the day of invocation of goddess Durga in her Mahisasurmardini form (the slayer of the demon Mahisasur). The beginning of the ten days of festivity.

Sharmila Tagore in 1966 Murphy Radio Ad

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The language was Bangla, but the accent and the stories, distinguishably Chinese. An avid radio listener, my father tried to inculcate this dying habit into his sons. FM is not real radio. Short wave is. Radio Beijing with its waves traversing the Himalayas captivated me. Stories from China, read out in textbook Bangla with a [Read more]