When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

News Anchor. Growing up I devoured books. I loved to read. Anything. Could be a novel or the newspaper or the paper packet in which parcel idlis came in. Words fascinated me. Still does though not the way it used to. The side effect of reading so much was that I had an intuitive feel for words and pronunciations at least of the English kind. In school I loved the English class right down to exams. This was one subject where I did not need to sweat or even make an effort. I loved it and it made all the difference.

So, naturally when grandpa used to watch the English news at night, I would sit right beside following the accents and words. Loved how they rolled off the newscaster’s tongue. Somewhere between my seventh and tenth grades, I had made my mind up. I wanted to be a news anchor. Someone who read the news flawlessly. Someone who would be a standard for others. I remember vividly picturing myself on TV reading news with a serious expression on my face. Doling out grim stuff without a trace of expression.

I have no recollection of when that dream died a silent death. When I finished school, I remember wanting to be a journalist for a while. Somewhere between then and the start of my IT career, life happened and dreams were traded in for anything that would get me out of the house and on my feet.

Looking back, I wonder if I still have a ‘thing’ for news anchors. Not sure anymore. Perhaps because I realize the amount of work that goes behind what appears on Media or perhaps I have wizened up to know what has to stay a dream?

What was your dream growing up?

6 thoughts on “When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  1. Nice and unique ambition 🙂
    I wanted to be a computer engr @ 10 yrs (sounds corny). Turned out to study Mechanical engg and be one of the few desi non-computer/IT engineers. seems like u can never get what u want 😦

  2. I went through a phase of admiring news anchors as well. I interned for a news channel once and one of the things I was required to do was to handle the teleprompt. Was fun, I must admit, not the teleprompt as such but being part of the control room, which is normally exploding with energy when the news is on. There are so many moving parts to producing a news show, which only a good producer can deftly manage.

    1. Wow! That is my dream come true. I had no idea about internships till I was well into my first job. Topic for another post though.

  3. The one anchor I admired was Komal GB Singh – I would listen to news only on days when she was the anchor 🙂 All of us in the house would have favorites and fight over who pronounces the words correctly et al – fun days.

    1. Actually I racked my brains but could not remember the name of the telecaster I liked best. I remember her face but not her name. 😦

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