Having given a prelude about Classical Carnatic Music, I now want to share my experience which I consider fabulous and interesting.... So please read on...
It was during my first pre-university that this incident took place, formed an unforgettable beautiful memory in my mind. The festival of lights, Deepavali was nearing and we had vacation in college. It was one other normal afternoon, me in my room with the radio on, fighting my sleep after a heavy lunch, trying to study. I heard the disc jockey announcing a contest. The contest was simple, the DJ asks a question about A R Rehman with three options... and if you knew the answer sms it to the number that the DJ gave on-air. If your answer is right and if the computer picks your number from a list of hundreds of numbers you will win couple air tickets to go to Delhi, stay in a five star hotel and VIP passes to watch Rehman perform live. Generally, when we hear such contests on air, the tendency is to feel that we wont win, its pre-planned, it is given to people they know so on and so forth and with so many "ifs" I had the same feeling. But I was sure I knew the right answer so took a chance and sent the message and was praying I should win it. I forgot I had to study and was thinking if I simply wasted time and money on something I strongly felt, won’t be mine? Immediately I received a message saying my answer was right and I might be the lucky one to win. But again the same feeling of ”I wont be that lucky" continued so I saved that message and was planning how I can trick my brother with it.
Just after two minutes the DJ called me, he said my number was picked by the computer. I was super excited and I guess I never thanked a computer so much than I did now. He asked me the same question again and I gave the same answer again and was applauded for it. My voice was filled with so much excitement that he said he could make out how excited I was through it. But this excitement did not continue for too long as I was told there was another round for me to clear to win those passes. He asked me my hobbies and when I said I am a singer he made me sing "har ghadi badal...." but trust me I was in no mood to sing, all I wanted was the COUPLE PASSES. After all this, finally he came to the point and said he would give me the names of three crackers (Deepavali time you see) and I must choose one out of the three and if it exploded saying "CONGRATULATIONS" then I win else that's the end. bijli, flower pot and atom bomb were the three crackers, I immediately said flower pot don't know why I said so. He made me wait for 2-3seconds and then I heard a load noise with lots of crackers bursting and finally heard the word that I was waiting to hear... "CONGRATULATIONS." I screamed with joy and my excitement was ten times more than what it was earlier. He asked me whom I would like to take along with me. I said it will be my brother who can join me, only if he is nice to me for the rest of my life. After all this he said he will give me a call just before he airs our conversation so that I can call all my friends and relatives and tell them to hear me on air. I started calling all my relatives, sent messages to all my friends and brought my mom and sat in front of the radio as it played in full volume. Later all my friends and relatives who were equally excited as I was, called me and told that my voice really sounded very well on air and expressed their happiness for me.
That evening was special, infact very special, not just because I won something so nice but also it was the first time I did something like this and it worked. When my dad and brother came home I shared my experience with them and could not sleep that night as questions like, how the concert might be? Who all will be a part of it? Isn’t fever 104 making a loss for itself by giving me all this? What benefits do they get from giving all this? Will I be able to meet Rehman personally and talk to him? Etc etc ran in my mind.
The next day, a fresh Friday, I with my dad left to fever104 office, on air port road, to collect whatever I won the previous day. We reached the office, my dad checked all the papers on which I had to sign, we collected everything and the lady there told me that I and my brother must reach their office on Saturday morning with our entire luggage by 8. I came home and spent the entire day thinking about what I would be doing the next day at this time. In the evening I packed our bags and made everything that we needed ready.
The dawn came, me and my brother got ready and left to fever104 office after my mother finished her instructions on how careful I must be. We reached the office and were taken to the airport with royal treatment. We placed ourselves comfortably on the seats and started familiarizing ourselves with our co-passengers. It was nice to know that three other people who won the same contest were traveling with us. One couple, two sisters and two colleagues joined me and my brother in our journey from Bangalore to Delhi. We became friends with them and started chit chatting and in no time reached Delhi