LIFE

Girls take a break

Contestants seen with the jury at the Channel [V]'s talent search competition for an all-girl band at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore on Thursday.

Contestants seen with the jury at the Channel [V]'s talent search competition for an all-girl band at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore on Thursday.  

A RELATIVELY quiet road in Vasantnagar was the scene of frantic parking slot hunting, for all those young men on their revving two-wheelers, on a summer-is-shy-a-few-days Saturday morning.

If a curious chap stopped and went half a block down the road and found a slot for his bike and hiked back to where all the ``galata'' was, he would find that the young fellows revving up bikes had a little more than the routine excitement found at college leaving time on this road.

There are stories — and we can't corroborate these stories — that a single unarmed young man would need spunk to cover the little driveway style entrance to Mount Carmel College, going up to the college building, with ample scope for smart young women to line either bank of the driveway, to give him multiple once overs, accompanied by better-than-the-guys whistles; occasionally, if the guy was cute, there would also be a clever chorus that only those circles could dream up.

Well, stories apart, on Saturday, the girls had little time for the boys frantically revving up their bikes or speaking themselves hoarse into cell phones at the same time trying to look like cool dudes. Over 500 girls from different colleges in the City were aspiring for a spot on Channel [V]'s VJ team. Plus, the regular supplement of college girls milling about created an atmosphere of a fair.

Inside, it was another story; while outside, the heat was a sun bather's delight, inside it was sweltering, as 20 girls in one batch, further divided as five per audition, stepped forward bravely, to sing Churaliya hai thumne ...., before Sushma Reddy, Channel [V] VJ, Sandeep Chowta of Mast fame, and Shuba Mudgal. Yup, that was the jury which would decide the fate of the 500 aspirants.

This was the Bangalore leg of Channel [V]'s VJ hunt doing the rounds of all the metros and Goa, to select about 24 finalists at the end of the whole rigmorale. Each City could potentially yield four finalists.

All a girl had to do was sing that song, and, if the jury asked her, one of four others, Jaaneja, Kambakht Ishq, Bhumro, and the last one we forget.

Anyway, Channel [V] viewers can look forward to all this as a 14-part programme.

By Harichandan A.A. Photo: V.Sreenivasa Murty

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