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Gin Soaked Boy

Every morning between 5 am and 6 am was 'Juke Box' time on Channel V (or was it MTV? Don't remember now). A whole hour of DJ(anchor)-free music, and great music too. This was 6 years ago. That was also the time when I had the hostel common room television all to myself. Imagine how powerful and invincible I felt holding that remote control in my hand and playing Western music with high volume amidst those four walls which never saw or heard anything but Tamil soaps and movies. There was no one yelling for a channel change, no one accusing me of being a pretentious, culture-less, outer-state poser. It was my moment of personal bliss. Anyone who, by mistake, walked into that room during that time would be treated to dirty looks and an 'if you want to stay, sit quietly and keep off the remote' attitude. I was the absolute queen! There are very few worthwhile memories of my hostel life. This is one I will cherish forever. Although it doesn't seem like a big victory when you are really just sneaking under the 'regional radar'(as opposed to fighting it), the freedom, the joy and the pride I experienced during those early hours is as yet unmatchable.

One song, that I was listening to earlier today, that reminds me of those days is Divine Comedy's 'Gin Soaked Boy'. Oh how loudly I sang 'ba-pa ba-pa-ra-la-raa' and no one knew :-)


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Nov. 7th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I certainly can understand that complete bliss period you are talking about. Growing up with three men at home (2 brothers and dad) plus mom's obsession with soaps, I had hardly got a chance to have a say in the pick of channels much less own the remote. I could fully own it only once I moved to US and lived by my own. Yet, I do miss the time with my family. :)
Nov. 7th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm learning! The only time I'd get irritated if someone changed channels was when I was watching sports (or rarely, politics).. Not much of a TV guy I guess..
I can relate to what you say though.. I could never fathom why people wanted to snatch what I was reading (newspaper, books et al) while eating.. :)
Nov. 13th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
I'm the trojan horse of troy,
I'm the gin in teh gin soaked boy...

solid gaana, great memories....
Dec. 29th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
oooh i remember that hostel common room (and the tv. and the dirty looks given by those girls whenever anybody new came in!) how desperately i used to wish that i was in the hostel with all you people!
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