Mummy’s Radio Ceylon

From those cosy winter mornings of my childhood when I would wake up to a staid voice clearly declaring “ye Srilanka broadcasting corporation ka videsh vibhag hai…” ( This is the foreign section of the Srilanka broadcasting corporation), to the same faint declaration making its way out of the same crackling radio(!) eons of years later, even now!

My mother’s love, adulation and addiction for the Srilankan Radio on Short Wave just refuses to diminish. This particular station played her favourite songs, lilting Hindi songs of the days of yore… Half an hour in the morning, from her old Philips radio was enough to keep her on an upswing, reverberating with life and energy throughout the day!

The Radio, has its own story of pride and valour. Bought four decades ago, with the prize money that my father received for excelling at his job with the government, it is more in the face than the gold medal that came with the prize money! Now all three adorn the living room vying for her attention.😁

Just last year, when mummy was in her short finals to Srilanka, I had assumed that Ravana’s gold abode and Sita’s Ashok Vatika was the big draw for her, but to my amazement… she grinned and proclaimed- I am going to see Ceylon, finally!

Her Radio broke down during the recent Covid lockdown. It was a pathos filled news conveyed to me over the phone by mom, as repair and replacement both were next to impossible… Something had to be done for her wilting spirit. I asked her to try with the other pocket radio, but that didn’t give Short Wave… only FM channels of the Medium wave. No chutzpah in that! Friends came up with a solution. After all, its Purnea! An appliances shop owner lived in the annexe to his shop and was able to provide a suitable replacement, and got it hand delivered with special permission from the administration…

Grand old Radio has been reverently sent for treatment as lockdown got relaxed n the new babe in the meantime has been belting out the same old favourites – a bit uppity and immature in looks though, but still bringing Ceylon airwaves into our household.

Mummy’s Radio

40 thoughts on “Mummy’s Radio Ceylon

      1. So happy for Aunty…’s so wonderful to hear about the attachment that she has for the radio in times when the whole world is browsing the Netflix and prime.

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  1. It’s not a mere radio rather the emotion that’s attached to it. One thing I’ve realized lately, that our parents are pretty much happy in their own world. No matter how much comfort we try and give them and try and make them more adaptable to the new technologies and gadgets, to make their lives easy, they will eventually turn back to their same old ways and routines. I think because they find their freedom in those old ways and habits.

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  2. So nostalgic. Our childhood seems like part of story books. Its so different now. Aunty is blessed to have her radio back in form . Best wishes and regards.

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  3. U made me nostalgic.
    Ameen Sayani and his awesome voice was unparalleled on Radio Ceylon.
    Just before 8 am, they routinely played song by legendary Kundal Lal Sehgal and it was my father’s favourite ( although thrust upon rest of us in family 🤣🤣) .

    जगमग जगमग दिया जलाओ, दिया जलाओ.. दिया जलाओ….

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  4. Sush,
    As ever, you never fail to surprise us! This cutie one has prized out one of my long lost memory too ❤
    Our huge RADIO that stood tall upon it’s radio stand in the ‘edathalam’ ! I remember the eager wait for my friend’s name aired as her birthday wish came through! Small wonders now, but it brings the feel right back to light! Thankqqqqq ❤

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  5. Interesting one, I wasn’t aware of this age old romance….though I know a lot of people around me having the fondness so much so that it became part of their daily routine with no cheat days…. Amazing..
    Lovely writing again… congratulations

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  6. Being of the same, or perhaps older, generation, I badly miss the old songs, especially the last song being always of K.L. Saigal. They touch the heart and have a melody sadly missing in the modern cacophony and screaming that goes by the name of film music today.

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    1. You said it sir. Old and melody went together, at least in majority of the songs of that era. KL Saigal, 😀, I too recollect. Thank you so much for reading and adding your thoughts to it.


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