Arnab’s parents are distraught by this terrible mishap. His mother said, “I remember when Arnab was 12 and he was giving me an hour long discourse on why India is the best country in the world. At the end of it, there were tears in my eyes and a deep searing pain in my ears. That’s when I knew, he was destined for great journalistic success. And I was right. If only this success had lasted longer.” His father however remains optimistic. “His vocal chords have been through a lot worse”, he was quoted saying.
Jatin Mehta, a junior college student and aspiring journalist was shattered when he heard the news. “Whenever my father told me that I was too loud and opinionated to be successful as a journalist, I always pointed to Arnab Goswami and his success. My father couldn’t retort to that. Now, although he does concede that I can be just like Arnab, he says I too might lose my vocal chords in the process.” His father however, has something different to say, “I like Arnab Goswami. I told my son that. But the problem is when I switch from another channel to his news show, I always have to turn the volume down or I might risk damaging the sound system of my television.”
Leena D’Souza, a retired teacher says Arnab’s sudden departure from the news has posed a crisis to her. “I am an old woman. And it’s been five years since my husband passed away. During nights, I am plagued by silence and loneliness. But Arnab’s voice used to boom across my apartment and give me company. I never felt alone. Now that he’s gone, I have no idea what I’m going to do. It will be difficult to find another loud disgruntled voice echoing through my apartment.”
Arnab Goswami uncharacteristically remained unavailable for comments.