During my early childhood, Doordarshan lasted for 2/4 hrs a day with News and entertainment, which was later on extended to 8 hrs a day(nothing at noon time) (i think) and TVs were 14 /17 inches ECTV black and whites. Life was so much better and simpler then.
National events or Major Inaugurations meant Politicians Speeches which meant bye bye to the favourite toon shows and chayageet and chitrahar, worse was when political leaders of the time would go on and on blabbering non stop with their rantings, and we would have an eye on the clock , and be twiching fingers as to when the agony would stop and when we could see the leftover of our favourite serials.
Long speeches meant death to fun stuff like Giant Robo (a big hit among kids) and later Knight Rider, Famous Five on weekends, Jungle book (chadi pehenke phool khila hai) on DD metro if i remember right.
The only thing worse was during national mourning when for 4 whole days we would have to go thru the non stop sangeet political speeches, memoir’s and then repeat doses of sangeet from even more besura singers. That was pure torture.Guess i subconsciously developed hatred for most politicians from all their hogging of the airwaves (dd came on yagi antennas then).
We had a lot of reruns of dubbed popular german serials like Old Fox, DDs comedy show and telematches. (Germany gifted us the Mumbai tv tower)
The choicest of marathi serials were aired on primetime when DDs programs stretched till 00.00hrs and then signal went dead. God, i really miss stuff like Hello Inspector and Zopi Gelela jaga Zhala etc.Not to forget Sagar’s Ramayana, and how devoted my mom got and how we kids liked serials like Wagle Ki Duniya, Karamchand, Malgudi Days, Udaan, Surabhi and Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi.
In those times a late show of Classical Dance / Music by the famous and not so famous Maestros and Dancers was popular(we were knocked out within 15 minutes) , so was the Gazal singing by Peenaz Masani. Those were truely Good times .
Infact most old marathi serial and later hindi serial and movie actors lived close by at Girgaon, Gaumdevi, Lamington Rd, Model House, Chowpatty and Nana chk area a stone throw from the Royal Opera House and Sahitya Sangha Mandir, including likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Durga Khote others like Bhakti Barve.
Now back to Politicians and Speeches
Did u know that to date Krishna Menon‘s (India’s envoy to the UNSC diplomat and politician ) speech is the longest ever delivered in the United Nations Security Council. On 23 January 1957 he delivered an unprecedented eight-hour speech on defending India’s stand on Kashmir.
Has anyone beaten that record yet?