Daily Archives: 9 December 2008

Three words that cheered up Reuters journo

mishraSourav Mishra, the Reuters journalist who was reported dead in the shootout at Leopold Cafe in Bombay on November 26, has survived to tell the tale:

“I heard what seemed like a blast and something hit me hard on my back. I panicked and ran out through the nearest door. Out on the road, I touched the wound and found it was bleeding profusely. I could hardly move my right hand.

“I shouted for help but no one paid any heed. Tried to move ahead but couldn’t and fell down. As I lay there, I felt someone grab hold of me and help me to my feet.

“The Good Samaritan hurried me towards a nearby cinema where we clambered into a taxi and rushed to the hospital. I could still hear the gunfire in the street and my companion told me there was some sort of gang war going on.

“The doctors at the hospital were reluctant to admit me but the stranger beside me begged them to take me in. As I removed my shirt and pressed against the wound, a copper-coated bullet fell out. The woman treating me smiled and uttered the three words I’d been waiting to hear : ‘You will survive’.”

Photograph: courtesy Facebook

Read the full article ‘Dead’ journalist recalls 26/11 nightmare


The power of a really great interview is musical

The British broadcaster, Michael Parkinson, who as a chat-show host for 36 years “met everyone” there’s to meet, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, London:

“People talk about great moments, so you think of interviewing Muhammad Ali. But the really great moments for me have been musical ones.

“To sit next to Luciano Pavarotti and have him sing a Neapolitan song to you is, I assure you, an extraordinary experience. Talk about bloody short hairs standing up! The power of the voice is unnatural, it blows you back.

“To sit next to Paul McCartney playing Yesterday, Paul Simon doing Homeward Bound, Oscar Peterson playing a blues, Elton John doing Rocket Man—what a privilege to be. That’s the real joy of the job.

“When I am on my death bed, I shall think, ‘Hmm, yeah, McCartney sounded rather good that day’.”

Photograph: courtesy radiotimes

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