Soon after I became the Resident Editor of Hindustan Times in Lucknow in mid 2001, the Patna Women Journalists Association sent me an invite to visit their state. They wanted to felicitate me for becoming the first woman RE in bhaiyaland, infamous for rampant male chauvinism. As Bihar was under first woman chief minister’s rule they had also organised my tête-à-tête with her. Read more

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I am back in the Bhaiyyaland much before Raj Thackeray could throw me out of Maharashtra. My stay, barely two and a half years long, in the dream city had been like a dream come true. Having suffered the laidback attitude of the North for umpteen years, Mumbai’s high spirits and systems that infused people with extraordinary energy and efficiency overwhelmed me. What I loved most was the Mumbaiyya lingo (not very sophisticated) — not the vada paav. I don’t remember when and how I imbibed it. But one day I surprised myself by asking the cabwallah, tereko wahan jaane ka. Read more

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