The morning shift used to start by a vehicle at around 5.00 A.M with programme and engineering personnel for broadcast to commence at 5.55 A.M from the Maneswar Playback Studio and the Transmitter. The morning shift duty personnel were stranded before the bridge due to disruption of road traffic caused by torrential rain. On the other side of the rivulet in a nondescript hamlet stayed Shindhu Charan Majhi, then a Helper in AIR, Sambalpur. Majhi used to take the morning shift vehicle from a pick up point to reach with others at the Transmitter. That day with an umbrella in hand in gushing wind and pouring rain he stood on the edge of the road waiting for the vehicle. Time was ticking by. There was no sign of the shift vehicle. Majhi went on speculating about a possible mishap or any other providential reason holding back the vehicle. Only one thought repeatedly crossed his mind that broadcasting should go on. He started walking towards the Transmitter, a distance of about one and half kilometers, with umbrella in hand. There was only the Security Guard for company. (Those days were peaceful and no Police force were deployed for security purpose at the installations of AIR) Majhi broke the seal of the entrance and entered the Transmitter building, used the land line telephone to speak to the Station Engineer staying in Sambalpur town and sought direction from him for the next course of action to bring the Transmitter on-air. Mr.V.K.Moorthi was the Station Engineer of AIR, Sambalpur then (2nd May, 1969 to 4th October 1971) Mr.Moorthi over telephone prompted Majhi how to put on the Transmitter and advised him to keep playing the AIR signature tune as long as he can by repeat action or till some superior engineers and other staff manage to reach the Transmitter.
Sindhu Charan Majhi meticulously followed all the instructions over telephone and put the Transmitter on air. There was no disruption in transmission. The Radio audience of AIR, Sambalpur that very day could not comprehend why continuously only the signature tune was being played instead of the regular schedule programmes. Some even conjured up of a natural disaster or some national tragedy that very day. It was a natural disaster for sure caused by rain. At the same time it was the triumph of the indomitable human spirit to keep the show on despite hindrances. Hats off to Sindhu Charan Majhi, the humble Helper who kept the flag of Akashvani flying. I recall this incident, lest we forget the brave and the devoted.