A happy 5th to me, and many more to come!


No, itโ€™s not my birthday. Not yet anyway, itโ€™s next week. This week Iโ€™m celebrating a very special milestone in my life. Five years ago when I thought I had reached a point in life where I should just throw the towel in and forget it all, opportunity came knocking on my door and how.

I started co-hosting the breakfast show on East FM and started my weekly column with the star โ€˜Life with a Pinch of Masala โ€“ The Extreme Sideโ€™. Both opportunities came at the same time from different sources and imagine my delight when I learnt that both entities are part of the Radio Africa Group!

This five-year journey has been immensely wonderful and a huge learning experience for me. ย I can definitely say Iโ€™ve grown leaps and bounds and have reached a place in life where Iโ€™m more decisive about what I want from my life than ever before. I boast of the most wonderful and down to earth colleagues who leave anybody else star struck with their presence but are just like me at work, doing a job they love like anybody else in this world.

Along the way I had to take a sabbatical from the radio station because my Dad was diagnosed with an illness that had him bedridden for more than a year. That was a very tough and trying time for me. I left what I love doing most for a person I love the most in my life. Dad needed help with his business and Mumโ€™s health didnโ€™t allow her to be at work full time. I have no regrets whatsoever because all my life my Dad has been my backbone and it was an honour for me to be there for him too.

Eventually Dad got a bit better and once again, opportunity came knocking on my door and I was asked if I would like to take up the slot of the afternoon request show. I wept with gratitude. I counted each and every blessing of mine and made my way back to my RAL family, where I belonged. Before I was approached for this job, I had been asked by another radio station to join them but I refused. I couldnโ€™t bring myself to go work there and it didnโ€™t feel right. It somehow felt disloyal.

Working at RAL has opened up many doors for me, Iโ€™ve been blessed with a lot of opportunity to move ahead in life and the best thing about it all is that I get a lot of support from everyone. On Fridays I indulge in my Masala gossip in this column and for a very long time Iโ€™d been trying to nudge my way to get a full page in the Star and yet again opportunity rose and Iโ€™m lucky to be given the Bollywood gossip page every Thursday!

When I speak about my experiences at RAL, I speak with exclamation marks. Nothing is just a statement. It is an exclamation for me, and usually an excited one laden with things to do to move ahead in life.

You may think Iโ€™m lucky but I beg to disagree. Iโ€™m actually very blessed. This has been my most emotional write up. Iโ€™ve paused to wipe my tears every now and then, and the stuff trickling out of my nose too. My eyes are puffy, my nose is red, and I have terrible headache but Iโ€™m the happiest person ever.

Iโ€™m celebrating a milestoneโ€ฆ!

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