Being an avid reader of people's stories, On Air just captures that element beautifully. Loved to read everyone's journey in this performing art which has always been a mood changer over the years. Radio has been the King n queen of music, and to read on the Lives of the RJ's captured by Rakesh was just amazing. I wish that Music list of all the songs that the RJ's have mentioned could be released in the near future. There were times, I would play the song of the RJ while reading the book. A beautiful 2.5 hour read for me- Andheri to Colaba and Colaba to Andheri on 21st Feb was dedicated to ON AIR with Rakesh Anand Bakshi
Reading"Let's Talk On Air" by Rakesh Anand Bakshi brought back so many memories of childhood; memories that have been attached to the radio and the songs playing on it and Ameen Sayani Ji's voice; thanks Rakesh ji for bringing back those memories...
Nowadays I have my school friend who accompanies me while going to work since his office has recently shifted to where I work. During our ride to office we discuss many things of our school days and childhood etc. Today our conversation brought us to "Let's Talk On Air" and radio, and we went down memory lane...
He remembered how his mother used to wake up early morning and the first thing she would do is to switch on the radio. Then in the chawls of girgaon, where we used to stay, radio would be our clock as well, the programs and even the ads used to indicate the time and folks used to follow their daily tasks around the radio. I remember the radio announcers used to say "Yeh Aakashwani Hai, Abhi subah ke 9:30 baje hai aur aap sun rahe hai..."
The early mornings used to begin with Marathi Bhupali songs or early morning songs whose lyrics would actually were meant to wake up everyone "Guanshyam Sundara Shridhara Arunodaya Jhala, Uthi Uthi Gopala"
Soon the various programs and their announcers used to take us on a joy ride, teasers of new released films with catch lines like "Dekhiye Aapke Nazdiki Cinema Gharon Mein" would bring excitement and we would yearn to watch those movies at the soonest..
Getting ready for primary school around noon time, the radio would invariably play sad songs or Dard Bhare Naghme by the likes of Rafi Sahab, Mukesh, etc and I used to hate those songs and those singers then, because that meant it was time for school!! Today those songs bring a completely different emotions to my heart and I long for those days to somehow comeback....
In the nights, "Bela Ke Phool" would work like a lullaby as we slept in our small but warm one room kitchen house in a joint family, those memorable songs by Lata ji, Asha Ji, Kishore Kumar and so many legends would take us to a dream world and I would never realise when I would fall asleep...
In our chawl, since we were all Maharshtrians, many Marathi songs would play from each kholi or room, legends like Sudhir Phadke, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale would keep us hooked to the radio...
Then there were those fantastic jingles by Ashok Patki "Ye Dher Se Kapde Mein Kaise Dhoun, Accha Saboon Kaunsa Laau" and "Nirma Nirma Washing Powder Nirma" etc or that catchy voice "Bhabhi ji Kahaa Chali Tashkent, saare kharidne..... Tashkent Ghatkopar station ke saamne"
Announcements by Radio announcers would introduce us to so many legends, "Geet Anand Bakshi, or Shailendra, or Hasrat Jaipuri" "Sangeet Diya Hai RD Burman ne or SD Burman ne or Kalyanji Anandji ne"
Uff.....this would go endless, but thanks Rakesh Ji for all these memories that flood my mind everytime I read a chapter from your fantastic book "Let's Talk On Air", the stories of so many radio announcers or RJs are very inspiring, heart touching and exciting as well, it's only through your book that readers like me realise the great work the RJs are doing, touching so many hearts and lives. My heartfelt gratitude to all the RJs for making our life that much more beautiful and joyful!!!
An entire generation grew up with Ameen Sayani announcing & voicing commercials. His voice would feel magnetic & mesmerising at the same time. Kerabai is in a league by herself, distinguished by her monumental contribution and selflessness. Rakesh this is a fantastic way of designing a road map for those who want to become RJ’s . Beautiful Book 📖
🌻🌻LETS TALK ON AIR book review by Ajay Sawant Ps: This is an honest review in return of a review copy. The publisher or any other company has no influence in it from any terms for the rating it has received.
Right from the neon beautiful cover to the inner retro interior “Lets talk on Air” stood up my expectations and even higher. For interior I felt every perfection and no point that I disliked (which is my usual complain for most of the books that there is atleast one interior annoyance)
To tell about the book the book is almost similar to memoir of 14 radio jockeys of all time who have made our days and journeys all this while. The book encompasses all the challenges, struggles, joy and experiences in a journey of radio jockey and becoming a radio jockey. This book brought to me my whole childhood halcyon days when my mom while making me hear the AIR told me how radios were major source of entertainment in her days. Right from the early morning voices that woke us to those after listening to whom our day would get to an end, this book took me through memory lane. Overall the total expression out of the book made me feel warmer and find a home in it. The language used is impressive and lucid at the same time. Simplicity in itself is an expression. The book also tells about the authors journey on how he fell into love with radios. I especially liked the idea of having photographs on these cream colored pages which made much sense in mind
Furthermore the book also is a great guide for anyone who intends to become a successful radio jockey. Do you want to become a radio jokey? Don’t know anything right from how to begin? This is a total guide right from basics to your success in your career as radio jockey. The book also contains advices from popular radio presenters on how a jockey can be determined as a skillful person. What to do what not to, what skills you need to have and all the renowned jockeys you need to know. The FAQ’s section interested me the most.
After reading this book I am just one step behind to crying. .
🌻🌻Why and when but 1) If you like retro looks 2) If you love the black and white era and those classic songs 3) Love radio? this book is for you 4) If your dream is to become a radio jockey this book is for you
Book review 31: . Let's talk on air by Rakesh Anand Bakshi .
Foreword : I personally love neon on black . It has this mystery and intrigue to it that's truly mesmerizing The title is in keeping with the content of the book and cover, as mentioned before is smart.. . About the book: In a gist the book comprises stories of various radio presenters. Each story starts with a foreword from the author and then moves on to the radio presenter's story, about where it all started , their journey further into the industry, tips for new comers, and the key to success in the industry. . . The featured presenters include Ameen Sayani, Anita naidu pawaskar, Anmol, Anurag pandey, Apurva jadhav, Gaurav Srivastava, Hrishikesh kannan, Mamta Singh, Prithvi Vishwanath, Rohini Ramanathan, Sayema Rahman, Siddharth Mishra, Yunus Khan and Kerabai sargar. . . Takeaway : When we listen to our favorite radio jockey on air day in and day out, we don't realize what struggles it has taken to be the voice behind the mic. The various nuances of the profession are honestly laid out for career aspirants to absorb and assimilate. As for the layman it is excellent learning ! Respect and hats off to these live wire performers and kudos to the author for bringing it all together. . FOR SIMILAR BOOK REVIEWS do follow me on instagram @rushme_reviews. . Rating :⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐excellent .
💕Let's Talk On AIR By Rakesh Bakshi💕 Take a deep dive into the lives of fourteen eminent radio presenters to learn about the people behind the iconic voices that have entertained us via the airwaves-one of the oldest forms of communication. Gain some insight into these media influencers' life stories-on and off air-and how each unique voice has a phenomenal journey, and an exclusive story, to tell. Get to know the challenges, ideals, inspirations, favourite songs and icons of the popular radio jockeys of our time, including the legend Ameen Sayani, and maybe this can be a career which inspires you too! . 💕 I am a person who loves to listen to the radio when I am free rather than watching TV or Netflix, definitely I am not the lucky kid who enjoyed Ameen Sayani unfortunately but I am one of those kids who grew up listening to various kinds of songs played by various kinds of Jockeys. This is one of those books which will refresh your childhood memories and will take you back on those days when you used to enjoy the radio and that's how we used to spend free time. The cover is very attractive and beautiful. The language is extremely easy and gripping. The author has done an amazing job to reveal the secrets of this profession. The book is best read for weekends, it's a very short read with a huge insight. Definitely loved it and it's definitely recommended. . Rating: 3.75🌟