Manoranjan Joshi, who was shooting for a talk show on the popular Odia channel OTV on the afternoon of 24 August, was about to put his mobile phone into flight mode when his mobile rang. Joshi’s friend told him over the phone that his mother of 73 years died of cardiac arrest in an ambulance while being taken to a hospital in Bhubaneswar.
The news of the death of a parent is the most painful for any human being. Something similar happened to Joshi, 44, a TV journalist from Bolangir. He was upset by the news before interviewing senior Congress leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati. However, it took a few seconds for them to get into the normal mode. Joshi interviewed, despite the Congress leader and his colleagues suggesting that the show be canceled due to his personal tragedy. Ask questions to the Congress leader for a talk show called “Khola Katha”.
Radha Madhav Mishra, editor of OTV, said, “He has set an example of what professionalism is. He could have canceled it, but he told everyone around that the show should go on. He said mourning can wait. Normally people don’t appreciate how journalists work in time limit and tough conditions. But what Manoranjan has done has made us all proud.”
On social media, those who know Joshi are appreciating his sense of commitment. Many on Twitter said his act was a “homage to his late mother”. Bahinipati, who was interviewed by Joshi on the talk show, said that the journalist has great willpower. His mother passed away and yet he continued the show. He did not let his emotions dominate him. I pray to Lord Jagannath that his soul rest in peace, and may God give him and his family the courage to stay strong.
Joshi has been associated with OTV for more than a decade. He is its Western Odisha bureau chief. He said that the moment he heard the news of his mother’s demise, it was the saddest moment in his life. For a moment I felt the earth slipping from under my feet and my eyes filled with tears. But then I thought she would want me to keep working, no matter what happens. I thought doing a talk show would be the best tribute to him.