Two volumes of letters that capture an era were released at an event at London’s Nehru Centre on September 11, 2013.
Radio London Letters in Hindi were regularly broadcast in Hindi transmissions of the BBC World Service. The two volumes of Radio London letters by colleague Kailash Budhwar were broadcast when he was head of the BBC Hindi service, says CJA President Rita Payne.
The volumes “contain a reflection on the way of life or a comment on noteworthy events of the period from an international observer’s viewpoint. The BBC Audience Research had estimated that in the days of these broadcasts, the number of regular listeners of BBC’s Hindi Programmes used to be over 35 million”, according to a statement about the event.
More than 100 people representing old Bush House and many literary organisations attended the event, says Kailash Budhwar.
“Some of the extracts read out that evening revived memories of historical BBC World Service coverage which was followed by millions of listeners in various countries,” Budhwar said.