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Rashmi Rekha Das

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” 

Arindam Das, who was once a star reporter of Odisha Television Limited, has become a memory for all.  One year has elapsed to his death, but he is still mourned by his colleagues, who recalled him as a lively, brave and easy-going soul, and as someone who was known for his daredevil reporting. 

Colleagues who are close to him are still missing him badly. And when a natural calamity strikes Odisha, news lovers across the state still remember the weatherman. 

Be it cyclone, flood, covering left wing extremism or any other natural calamity and disaster related situation, Arindam stood out among his peers. His versatility had made him unique and helped him carve a niche in journalism. 
He had never stuck to stereotypes and always thought out of box when it came to news reporting. That’s why he used to be known as OTV’s man for all seasons. His penchant for news made him encounter the scariest of cyclones and floods to bring the latest updates from ground zero. 

With his daredevilry and passion to walk the extra mile to get the most accurate news for the viewers, he had earned admiration from across households in the State.

Going by the tithi, today is the first death anniversary of Arindam. On September 24, 2021 Arindam had breathed his last while covering a rescue operation of an elephant near Mundali in Mahanadi river in Cuttack. 

Das had been on a boat with OTV cameraperson Prabhat Sinha and members of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force. They were on their way to rescue an elephant stuck near a bridge.  The powerboat they had boarded overturned due to the strong current in the river. Aridam along with the cameraman were rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital. But Arindam was declared dead. 

Though he left for the heavenly abode too early at the age of 39, his friends and followers have many ifs such as If Arindam had not gone into the Mahanadi waters for reporting…If the ODRAF personnel had not taken him along with them... Despite knowing the hard truth that he will never be back, they still yearn for him.

Arindam started his career as a crime reporter but he rose to limelight after covering the abduction of Puri-based Italian tour operator, Paolo Bosusco and tourist Claudio Colangelo by the Maoists while trekking in Kandhamal district on March 14, 2012. Arindam had not hesitated to report from the dense jungles of Kandhamal and made sure the telecast of a blow-by-blow account of the kidnapping incident goes on uninterrupted.

However, Arindam soon found his calling in wildlife and disaster reporting. A storm chaser, he could not hold himself back whenever there is a disaster looming large on the State of Odisha. Be it cyclone Fani, Hud Hud or Phailin, he would be the go-to man for OTV.

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