Courtside views at the NBA (National Basketball Association) games and complete access to players are all a part of Ridhima Pathak’s job description. The leading sportscaster has hosted poker tournaments and even cricket apart from B-ball.
We recently had a chance to quiz the engineer turned anchor about her exciting journey.
Quitting your job as an engineer to pursue full-time anchoring was a bold move. What compelled you to do it?
When you wake up in the morning and dread going to work, you know it’s time for a change. Fortuitously, my folks backed me 100 percent which was tremendously encouraging. That and a spot of luck got me to where I am today.
What thrills you most about presenting for the UBA and NBA?
Well, the fact that I am the only girl presenting both the leagues in the country and the opportunity to gain knowledge about the games and players in India and abroad is very exciting.
What is you greatest strength as a sportscaster?
Definitely, my voice.
Few know of your time as a voice-over artist. Tell us one of the most fun experiences of doing voice overs?
Once, I was recording for an advertisement where I had to say the same line in various styles for different clients. I did a no-frills, formal voice for their corporate campaign, after which I was asked to record the same line in a sultry voice for another campaign. It was pretty intense albeit a lot of fun!
As a sportscaster, your job sees you journey a lot. How do you cope with being away from your folks?
It’s true that I am barely home off late. However, travel is one of the parts of my job that I enjoy the most! Of course, I do miss my family, so I make it a point to stop over at home for a brief visit whenever possible. My flat in Pune has been home for a while now and I have my loving roommates to thank for that! (smiles)
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