Expectedly, 24-hour news television offers a fair bit of entertainment because of its inherent pressures. But what Zee Kannada served up on the day the writer Poornachandra Tejaswi passed away was a pure unadulterated first.
In its quest to be seen to be doing the right thing, which was not to ignore the death of such a big man of letters, the channel decided to go live. A little kid barely out of college was rustled into the studio with the Kannada film director Sunil Kumar Desai.
Desai, as befits a movie maker, went uncontrollably theatrical, sobbing and looking skywards and just about stopping short of breaking down on live TV.
The kid, on the other hand, reeled out the information of the death, probably the only information she had been provided on the death, once, twice, thrice, and then as Desai refused to return to normal, burst out…
“Yenu hela bekantha gothaga thilla!” (I don’t know what to say!) Not the kind of thing you hear from the motor-mouths. At least the kid was honest.