Life- A Short Story #6

Working At AIR

A new journey began and I started working as a child artist on All India Radio.

While working at AIR, I used to travel alone on the bus when going for my rehearsals and recordings. This made me more confident about myself. I got paid a little salary in cheques also from those radio shows, which I used to spend on buying my favorite things. 

I really enjoyed this newfound freedom which gave me so much happiness. Earning some money always gives freedom to spend and a confidence boost. All children my age were not earning and they envied me because I was scoring well in school plus earning some money also. My status was increased in everyone’s eyes. I was enjoying all this and started working harder.

I liked the atmosphere in AIR(All India Radio), where I was treated very nicely as a child artist. The day my skit was to be broadcast, was very special for everyone. Everyone in my family was sitting close to the radio to listen to how I  have performed on the radio. I can never forget those days. Even today I smile when I recall those memories.

 In the meantime, I got offers from “Doordarshan” but my father was reluctant to accept that and he said, that ‘working in Radio is very different from working in TV programs.’ He didn’t want that exposure for me so he declined those offers and I continued working on the Radio station as a child artist.

Maybe you will think that why I am discussing details about my childhood? But I think that it’s necessary to share with all of you, from where I am coming? What was my background? How was I in my childhood? We all have our stories which can be different but all of us come from somewhere and what we will be in our future depends upon the upbringing we are given. 

Our mindset and many more things depend on our background.

Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which Ones? Having warm, supportive parents early on correlates with success in adulthood. Most of us don’t remember our first two or three years of life — but our earliest experiences may stick with us for years and continue to influence us well into adulthood.

It is important to know that in my humble childhood I was very happy and we all managed to live healthy and happy within our means and on a tight budget. This made me care about money and to date, I never waste money where it is not needed. My childhood taught me that we don’t need loads of money to keep us happy. It is just a state of mind. The foundation of our personality is kept in our early childhood and it can reflect what we will be in the future.

Childhood experiences affect family health in adulthood in the expected direction. Even in the presence of early adversity, positive experiences in childhood can provide a foundation for creating better family health in adulthood. I think all our lives are shaped by the die that is cast during our childhood growing up times.

 Although we have our own inherent natures and traits that are determined by the chemistry of creation, we all carry pieces of baggage or life traps from the early days. All our experiences during childhood form the beliefs that ultimately make us, and dictate our responses. positive experiences during childhood can increase our sense of belongingness and connections.

I was always surrounded by so many connections and family members which helped me have this positive thinking attitude and an emotional heart with a strong sense of empathy.

My dreams were very small. I never went out of Delhi till I was married. I had never seen mountains or waterfalls except for on TV and that too very rarely as there were very limited shows on black and white TV at that time. Mainly “Krishi Darshan,” News” and “Chitrahaar” were daily broadcast in the evening hours.

I didn’t know back then, that I will be a globe trotter and a successful businesswoman one day. Will roam around the world non-stop and have every luxury of life which I have today. No-one knew.

To be continued

Published by Anita Vij

A caring mother of 2. A loving wife. An aspiring individual who wishes to share her life-long learnings with the rest of the world.

4 thoughts on “Life- A Short Story #6

  1. Anita Ji
    It is awesome story, in fact it is not story but a fact. Happy to know that you worked as child artist in AIR. But I became unhappy to know that you did not join Door Darshan. anyways, that was your dad’s decision. What all happened that time must have an imprint in your memory. Good that you have reached to the highest position you always wanted and it is very nice that you share your story with us. It means a lot. The way you narrate is excellent.
    You have an extraordinary talent in all respect that I found from your post, the language, the words.
    Stay blessed always.

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    1. You are right Arun Ji, this is my life story and it’s 100% true. Autobiography should be true otherwise there is no point in writing it. My boys wanted me to write my biography for long, but I didn’t have time then. They want me to share my life experiences so that their children understand from where our family is coming and what are the struggles in life to reach such a position.

      Otherwise, they will not be able to understand the value of the money they will get from their family.
      I want to leave this as my legacy for them. Small content every week, will help to be published as a book when it’s all there.

      If my father had allowed me to work at Doordarshan…my life would not be what it is today. Destiny plays a big role in forming our lives. It was
      destined to be like this. When one door is closed our destiny opens up a new door for us. Maybe for the better…

      Thank you for your supportive nice comments. I am blessed to have readers like you.😊🙏🏻


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