Tuesday, August 02, 2011

From Beijing to Villupuram, a radio station spreads its reach

CRI's Tamil programmes, which enjoy a cult following , are set to grow bigger

S. Pandiyarajan was fiddling around with his shortwave radio set one hot summer evening at Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, when he stumbled upon a strange station.

At first listen, it was a language he couldn't identify. It sounded like Tamil, but spoken in an accent he could not recognise. He listened on, straining his ears. To his surprise, he discovered that the voices were coming from faraway China.

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