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Sunday, March 27, 2011

RFI The Sound Kitchen is Back Again & My Memories with them.

I have been listening to Radio France International since I started SWL. But in the middle there was a gap of two/three years when I was unable to tune radio due to some the then changes in my life and went to a distance from radio world. When I made my comeback to SWL and DXing mid last year I was informed by one of my DXer friend that RFI has changed the name of its mailbag show "The Club 9516"  to "The Sound Kitchen" and that great man also informed me that RFI now available in the subcontinent via internet only. Due to my curiosity to my one time favourite show "The Club 9516", I began listening its newer version "The Sound Kitchen" hosted by Susan Owensby and found this show more interesting with the inclusion of some new segments and beautiful presentation style of Susan. I was attracted by Susan's hosting the show and one very special segment of the show "This I Believe" where a listener is invited to read his or her believe on life or can share their thoughts. One day I decided to write my thought on "LOVE", without which I believe nobody can become an complete human being. So, I wrote the following essay and sent it to Susan. And after that what had happened, that created my life's some very sweet memories which I shall cherish always. Susan called me up on phone and we talked on many things including the Bhogali Bihu- one feasting festival of Assam and also I do read the following essay on my belief. After few days or weeks Both my essay and my thoughts on Bhogali Bihu featured as the  title content of "The Sound Kitchen" show's two episodes and two lovely Indian regional compositions (songs) also played on RFI which itself creates history (may be) of being played in Radio France International for the first time ever. The two songs were "O Mur Apunar Desh" -the State anthem of Assam composed by poet Lakshminath Bezbaruah and other one is a lovely Bengali romantic composition by Rabondranath Tagore "Ek Tuku Chowa Lage", each sung by Zubin Garg and Kishor Kumar respectively.  

You can hear the two "The Sound Kitchen" shows in which I have appeared, by using  the below links.
This week on the Club 9516/The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear from listener Prithwiraj Purkayastha, about the Bhogali Bihu harvest festival in Assam, India. There’s great music, listener letters, and the quiz … don’t miss it!
This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear a “This I Believe” essay from listener Prithwiraj Purkayastha. There’s music to celebrate International Women’s Day, and, of course, the quiz … don’t miss it!

The Essay I read in the show titled "This I Believe" on LOVE..

This I Believe: I believe in Love, because I think without love, one

cannot survive, in the real sense, in this world. It is said that a person

who does not fall in love at some moment in his life will never be a full

human being.

I believe that love just happens. Love is not only about loving

a beautiful girl - you can fall in love with anyone who has touched your

like a Mother who so painfully gives birth, and then spends many

sleepless nights caring for her baby.

Like the father who works tirelessly to earn the bread and butter

for his children.

Like the husband and wife who care for each other more than

anything else.

Like the sister and brother who fight over small chocklets, but share the

most important moments.

Like all those friends and relatives who care about you, who share the

happy moments in your life, and who support you when you are in


I believe you can even fall in love with something which is special in your

Like a stamp collector who can love his stamps more than his life,

Like a radio listener who can love some stations more than his own

Like a fisherman who can love his boat more than anything.

There are as many ways of loving as there are people. And I believe one

can not survive in this world without this special aspect of human life,

because otherwise, there will be only hate and anger. This I Believe.

For myself, I love my mother, I love my wife Barnali, and I love every

person who really loves me from their heart.

Love to you all,
Prithwiraj Purkayastha

My essay appeared in second last full length episode of The Sound Kitchen and after that essay of mine aired I got to know that the RFI authority had decided to cease all its cultural magazine show including The Sound Kitchen. It was heart breaking for me as well as many The Sound Kitchen fans.  Immediately I felt so much lucky to be able to took part in this great show and making some personal sweet memories and histories for myself. Immediately I wrote about my memories with the The Sound Kitchen in this blog. But few days later again I heard the great news which I never expected. The Sound Kitchen is back again!!!! Yes, its true. I got an email from The Sound Kitchen loveliest presenter Susan and she wrote the following and wanted to inform you all about this good news. 

Susan wrote "Did you know that finally RFI decided that the Sound Kitchen COULD stay on the air? It is now only 5 minutes long, with 3 minutes of music following, but at least there is that! It's now on at 4:22, 5:52, and 7:22 universal time, on Sunday mornings. It will be up on the web, on Sundays, on the home page, under Short Features. There's even a new logo - I hope you like it! Tell everyone!"

Susan also informed that she is working on The Sound Kitchen Listener's Cook book where some interesting recipes sent by the listeners will be published along with their name and address and if requested with their photo also. But for this all listeners should send their consent of including their name with full contact details in the Cook Book by sending an email to Susan at So, hurry-up and send your materials to Susan SOON.

                                                    My RFI CLUB 9516 Membership Card

                                       Some Gifts received from Club 9516-The Sound Kitchen 

Still who are interested to listen the back editions of "The Sound Kitchen" or the New short editions, can do so by checking the official web page of the show.



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