Effigies of bravery

Priyanka Chakrabarti | SIMC Ink

One might have often seen an ambulance swooping its way through heavy traffic. We nervously watch the red and blue lights flash as the ambulance takes a wrong turn, breaks a traffic rule in a frenzy to reach the hospital.  But have we ever wondered about the force that steers the vehicle? We certainly cannot imagine the pressures that ambulance drivers undergo several times a day.

One such man is B D Bansode, who has been working as an ambulance driver for the past 23 years. Talking about his journey so far, he says: “I have been working for Deendayal Memorial Hospital for about two years now. Initially, when I ventured into this profession, I used to feel apprehensive, the pressure at times was too much for me to handle. I used to easily get nervous when I had to bring down patients with burnt cases. This was something that I had to work upon over years. Now, as years have passed I have moulded myself into a much more mature person- I don’t let my emotions come into the way of my job.”

With the passage of time, one gets used to the toughest of jobs and so is the case with Bansode- now as he goes to attend a call, he leaves behind all his fears and nervousness and streamlines his focus; the only thought that he carries at that critical moment is- “I have to reach the hospital as fast as possible, as the life of the patient lies in my hands.”

Ambulance drivers, like Bansode, are trained to be strong. With time, their confidence levels are so high that even life and death situations do not shake their courage and determination. Moreover, being associated with the process of saving lives, all of them receive basic life saving training.

Amidst the high stress and pressure, there is one thing that keeps these unsung heroes going. At the end of all the humdrum of rushing to an emergency case, bringing the patient to the hospital by meandering through crazy traffic, bearing with the emotions of family members and undergoing constant pressure from the hospital and patient’s family- the drivers are left with the contentment of lending a helping hand to save a life.

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An interview with the interviewer

Kartick Jagtap | SIMC Ink

Harsha Bhogle has been synonymous with cricket broadcast in our country for almost two decades now. His sound thinking and acute analysis of the game have made him immensely popular among the cricket crazy fans of our country. In fact, I’m proud to say that Harsha Bhogle has been the very reason why I aspire to be in the world of Sports Journalism.

After having grown up  with Harsha’s television presentations at pre and post match cricket shows, the news network that I interned with, allowed me a chance to attend an event hosted by the ace presenter. However, the nature of the show and the paucity of time rendered it difficult to hound him for a quick word, leave alone an autograph.

Little did I know that only a fortnight later, the opportunity to not just meet the icon but to actually interview him would present itself.

Harsha Bhogle visited the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, as a guest for SIMClairvoyance and that was the occasion which allowed me to interview the interviewer.

While it was my first interview on camera, Harsha eased my mood by explaining to me that it is only normal to be nervous. “This is the age when you are allowed to make mistakes,” he said and I could not be more grateful. While my skills as an interviewer were nowhere close to those exhibited by the man himself, every moment in his presence was a great learning experience.

My interview ranged from questions about his foray into the world of sports-broadcast to Team India’s chances at the upcoming ICC World Cup, each of which he answered with equal enthusiasm and gusto. He shared his ideal Test XI with us and even remarked that he was happy to be on the other side of the table for a change.

He also spoke about the importance of hard work and the need to be at the right place at the right time, factors which played a big role in his success as a sports broadcaster.

With less than a semester left for me to step into the exciting world of sports broadcast I can only work hard and try and achieve what Harsha Bhogle has.

After all, in his case, the hard work really paid.