Khurafati’ Nitin, an RJ with Fever 104 FM channel, was a Hindi debater during his student days at St Columba’s School, New Delhi. For someone with the name Jonathan Philemon Nitin Brady, his language skills made his teacher wonder. “My Hindi grammar was, as my teacher put it, immaculate,” recounts Nitin, whose father is from Bengaluru and mother a Punjabi.
In a field like radio jockeying, words are what make or break you. It’s not just any words, you have to have a grip over the language of your listeners for that vital connect. “FM is a local medium. You have to cater to the local audience,” says Nitin. Apart from the local idiom, “you need to understand the culture, beliefs, and traditions of the place.”
That’s where the study of literature, combined with the gift of the gab, can groom you for a career like his.
“Knowledge of any language will help; it’ll come in handy," says this English literature graduate from Kirori Mal College, Delhi. However, he adds, you don’t have to know the language inside out. While proud of being good at and using the rashtrabhasha, he says one wouldn’t usually offload on the audience nouns like kanth langot for a necktie and loh path gamini for a train.
Nitin stresses that while he understands the reasons why parents talk to their children in English, “don’t alienate you child from Hindi. Do give it due importance.”
Best institutions for UG-level programmes in Hindi
* Hindu College
* Miranda House
* Kirori Mal College
* Indraprastha College for Women
* Deshbandhu College