After the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, a young man called Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda attracted a couple of days of headlines. His high jump silver had the perfect concoction for the sort of story you like to hear- emerging from penury, battling on despite a severe disability, jumping barefoot in a top-level competition - Girisha smiled easily and with a medal around his neck, the imagery was quite compelling. Upon landing at Delhi airport, he was greeted by a slew of eager TV crews. Where he delivered a sound-byte dripping with wide-eyed innocence - "Sachin Tendulkar is my hero," said Girisha, "and one day I would like to meet him."
Trained as I am in sniffing around for attractive Television content, I immediately sensed an opportunity to create an engaging primetime offering. "Wouldn't it be cool", I thought to myself, "If I could convince Sachin Tendulkar to have a brief chat with Girisha on our sports show in the evening". The ingredients for a heart-warming session were all in place - an athlete who has overcome disability gets an encouraging pep talk from his hero. Throw in the element of a surprise phone call from an 'admirer' while the show is on and it really becomes an everyone-wins scenario - Girisha gets a memory to cherish forever and my sports show stands out for its distinctive flavour.