‘Audio shows let you use your imagination’-Entertainment News, Firstpost
TV host, theater personality and comedian, Cyrus Broacha who is in ‘Old School Romance’, an Audible original audio series talks about the benefits of audio shows that increase the power of the viewer’s imagination
“Old School Romance” is an original audio series from Audible, created by Pankaj Dubey about love stories from the era of pre-digital dating. In the era of the dynamics of millennial encounters, real conversations, letters, books and roses, hand in hand and long walks still paint the canvas of love and make it more than beautiful. The show explores interesting stories from the love lives of people who believed in the magic of flowers, proposals and love letters. Each love story is unique and written with different inks of emotions. In a conversation with Cyrus Broacha, whose episode in “Old School Romance,” isn’t just about tackling the relationship, the pair believed in tickling the relationship. Cyrus and his wife Ayesha Broacha embarked on the company’s journey to laugh out loud. Excerpts:
What did love stories mean in the age of pre-digital dating? And how has it changed today?
First of all, thank you for this question. It just explains that I’m 75, so I was able to go through many different generations and eras and yes, it was a lot harder for me (laughs). I worked very hard to get a date. We had to use telegrams, we had to wait for answers on letters. I mean, it took five to six weeks to get a response from someone who lived next door with all the different modes of communication. But now everything has changed. Thanks to Shaadi.com, Tinder and all the other things my friends use around me. You can setup people in just five seconds and get your rejection fast. So the whole difference is the speed and, to some extent, the poetry. There’s not much poetry in the way people behave now. My generation was more poetic.
Do you have a particular love story that you would like to share with us?
When I was seven, I fell in love with my teacher. She was 49 years old. I told my mom that I wanted to marry her and that we should go talk to my teacher’s parents, but she flat out refused. Now many years later I saw the same teacher and realized maybe I made a mistake because he just had long hair I just confused the gender but you know that you’re seven years old and you’re impressionable and you know you’re reading Mills & Boon and Jane Eyre and all that stuff and your mind is all locked up. So, I made bad decisions about it. But yeah, I’ve had a lot of love stories, a lot of unrequited love stories. For me and for many Indian men, it is the same. We think we have love stories because we see her and love her and that’s the love story. It doesn’t go beyond that. So in that sense, there must be hundreds and hundreds without becoming a stalker. I was part of one of the stalker tribes where you stare, fall in love and don’t know what to do. It happened and it still happens. I actually try to avoid women because I never developed enough skills to get to the second point which is actually saying hello.
Tell us about your experience working on this Audible show and how is it different?
The Audible show has been very therapeutic for me. My wife and I don’t talk much, we’ve been married for 21 years. It is very difficult to have a conversation beyond aa, oo, ouch (not in a sexual way). And so, it was beautiful, because we went back in time and realized that we had made several mistakes and that we really could have done better. It was a real eye-opener because we remember a lot of differences like his point of view and my point of view is completely different like two different marriages. It was another marriage within a marriage.
For me, I’m way below average when it comes to romance and for an average Indian like me, it gets very lonely at times. This is because you have very low self-esteem and therefore have very little room to sexualize the fact that they will be taken seriously. With the amount of matching, the error gets heavier as things go. So, in my personal case, it’s a very lonely existence and I speak for a lot of Indian men. I think the biggest problem is the greetings. The internet has allowed them to have fake avatars but the reality is different.
Tell us about how you prepare for your Audible show.
For the Audible show, I did a lot of preparation. I was checking if the Wi-Fi was working well. I made sure that my wife and I were in good spirits because we are talking about romantic characters. Relationships between husband and wife can degenerate very quickly. So, I made sure my wife was happy so I could record that. I took my medication; I brushed my teeth and I smelled really good. And for the first seven minutes like the first ten minutes of the wedding, they worked.
What are the benefits of audio broadcasts?
Well, audio shows are more romantic. For some of you who are beautiful it’s easy but if you’re not then this is the show for you. And if you lack self-esteem, appearance, then there is also a show for listeners. The point is that they cater to different lobbies, different people and everyone and I think the visual stimulus is overrated anyway. It’s better to imagine, like in the good old days when you read a book, the character comes to life in your imagination as you recreate the story and place in your imagination. The audio show lets you enjoy the creatures of your mind or the thoughts of your mind and takes it to another level. Of course, my mind is scary, so I won’t tell you what I thought. In fact, I think the visual stuff should be off for five years now.
Why do you think audio shows are growing in popularity?
Audio shows are gaining popularity due to the pandemic. What happened was that the sale of makeup completely dropped and the market died. Less makeup on the market as the world revitalizes means people don’t have access to makeup. And therefore do not feel comfortable showing their face. As you know, when you reach 41/42, you need heavy makeup. So in the meantime there is not much else you can do. Thus, most people turn away from the visual medium. Until we fix the issue of how people look and the aesthetics of it all. So audio comes to our rescue.
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