So, after calling it a wrap on what I thought a good show, I hailed a cab and headed towards the studio to prepare for some of the things I need for my show tomorrow. After some time, the cab driver started talking to me. He looked at me very as- a- matter- of- factly and asked me " I see this film festival happen every year. What comes out of it? " which of course, translated to " How does this high culture affect my existence?" And this question posed to me while I was still reeling from the fact that I just heard Deepa Mehta and Harry Belafonte speak!!! Fair enough I said to myself.. and tried to explain to the man in the best way possible that festivals are great for smaller films to be showcased, people from the film fraternity to network and catch up on each other's work etc etc. He did not buy whatever I said right away. But he asked me " Can I go watch a film there?" The way he asked the question made me realise that "high culture" is so often exclusivist and almost classist/snobbish! I had almost reached the studio by then. As I alighted from the cab, I gave him two vouchers for the festival and gave him directions and names of some movies, mainly from the subcontinent that I thought he might be interested in. And I think the satisfaction of seeing the poor man's expression was all that I needed to make my day feel worthwhile. And mind you, the joy of a job well done not withstanding, the driver's happiness still felt so much better!
Like I said, some days (actually most) being a broadcast professional feel so good! :-)