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Sopaan , New Delhi Nov 22 , 2010 Mon 11 : 56 PM
I read with great interest the comments from my extended family on KBC and I am grateful for the remarks that you so kindly express. Your desire to see me continue is an endorsement of your love and appreciation for the show. This I shall most humbly accept. But whether or not it shall be offered to me again or whether there shall be the desire to get back on to the chair is really what needs to be addressed.
Irrespective of what the outcome of this effort may be, I must confess that the time spent with the contestants and with the live audience shall forever remain etched in my heart. Those wonderful moments spent with them have been the most enlightening, humbling and educative. And that I shall never forget.
There was a moment during the shoot for the last episode of this season, where they played out those special moments spent between the contestants and myself, as a tribute almost to my stay with them. And I do have to say that as it played out on line, I could sense the water building up in my oculars. It did require the most diligent efforts by an actor to control them and to get back to the game as if nothing had happened. The contestant is the 'atithi' that has been invited to my home. It becomes inevitable then that he or she be looked after as though they were a guest in my house. For my guest to feel the way they do, for them to be the 'devo' in the home is what must and should be achieved. I may not have succeeded in achieving that, but their sentiments expressed have most certainly filled me with greater humility and a sense of remorse. Remorse because we were perhaps not sufficient in looking after their needs and wants. I would have desired to have all of them come up to the hot seat and win the maximum prize. But then it would be termed as largesse rather than an intelligent game show. Irrespective of that their emotion and sentiments shall be remembered for long. Thank you dearest friends and well wishers. I do not know what I may have done to have deserved this love.
I am in Delhi as you may all have observed. And I am here to wish my grandson Agastya a very happy birthday. The hour has just changed beyond mid night, it is the 23rd now and it is his birthday. He has grown up to be a fine gentleman even in his growing up years and days, and today was no less an example of his upbringing when I joined him at dinner with his present. The young lady Navya-Naveli also turns into her birthdate on the 6th of December and she was thrilled to have received her advance gift from me, as I drove in from the new terminal T3 of Delhi - a monstrous, clean and so far efficiently run facility. Its a city by itself in its size, the buggy cart coming in useful for transport within the terminal. And then to drive out to a refurbished New Delhi, still clean and organized as a result of the left overs from the CommonWealthGames, but still horrendous in traffic.
And yes we all sat and watched KBC and cheered again when the lovely lady Rahat Taslim virtually strode into the open jar containing the paper justifying her reward. She was a picture of composer and quiet grace, and even though she did seem conversant and equipped with most of the answers, it was the strength of her convictions that gave her what she had always desired. Bravo !!
I do think KBC has made some impact - the stewardesses on the plane asked for a photograph yet again, as did many others that visited me on my 3F seat giving me immense pleasure. They all have a story to tell, nostalgic and full of fun and frolic. It has been an incessant desire of mine to seek through this medium, pictures and moments that may have been captured by those that I may never have met. Stories, incidents, moments anything that could give some record to this family and its contribution to the film Industry. Someday I am certain it shall happen. But I will seek that help personally and perhaps through this very same medium in due course of time.
Work hours have kept me away from the papers of daily nature and I am unable to participate therefore, in conversations that not just deserve privacy prevention, but which are beginning to open up various cans and cupboards. And the very edifice of politics and journalism has been brought to a take 2 or 3 or whatever.
I am not running away from this … this I want … but in proper time and space !!
There is travel again in the morning … but shall be back as we see the competing FFF question and play for getting a visitor out of the cold onto the boiling Hot Seat of KBC 2010.
Good night and God bless ………
There is a quietness in Delhi and the script has been duly signed sealed delivered. It is the execution that needs to be carefully looked at