Setting our heartbeats accelerating despite the extension of the coronavirus lockdown for two more weeks, bibliophiles are in for a treat as they will now get to listen to the master storyteller, Ruskin Bond on the radio daily. In a new initiative by All India Radio, the renowned Indian novelist has handpicked his own short stories to narrate to his fans for the next fifteen days amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
It is an initiative of the collaborative production between the External Services Division and the central English features unit of the AIR to keep the listeners hooked. The stories have been recorded over the phone from his cottage in Mussoorie and will especially target the young adults. Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown
Taking to their Twitter handle, AIR shared a video of Ruskin Bond “writing, reading and overlooking the deserted routes” of the hill station amid the quite of the lockdown. The video was captioned, “A master storyteller weaves his magic on @AkashvaniAIR ! Beginning tomorrow, May 1st 2020, All India Radio will broadcast a series of short stories by celebrated author #RuskinBond which will be read by the writer himself. Don’t miss it! #BondingOverTheRadio | @shashidigital (sic).” Also Read - COVID-19 Cases Cross 1.6 Lakh-mark; Death Toll Above 4,600; Shah Speaks to CMs Over Lockdown Extension | Key Points
Coming as the best lockdown gift ever, series titled ‘Bonding over the Radio’ will be broadcasted everyday at 7.10 am and 10.10 pm from May 01, 2020 on Prasar Bharati’s mobile app NewsOnAir as well as on three channels – FM Gold, Indraprastha and AIR Live News 24×7. While we just cannot keep calm, reports have it that the writer’s narration would include stories ranging from autobiographical sketches, ghost and fantasy stories, boarding school tales, animal and family anecdotes, young love, the endearing and enduring tales.