The first election I ever covered, by a quirk of fate, happened to be Assam’s. I do not know why my editor in Bombay transplanted me to the North East – I had neither the experience (less than a year) nor the expertise or perspective to report from a strife-torn region of the country.

But today it helps me to boast that I cut my milk teeth in journalism reporting on riots and massacres. Read more

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In the heat and dust of this election season, one day last week I found myself within the cool confines of the home of the campaign manager of Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel. Among some rosogollas and several glasses of Cola, we got into some idle chit-chat and I asked him how Sharad Pawar’s plane could have developed a technical snag minutes before he was scheduled to embark for Orissa the week before. Read more

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The older I get, the more I tend to think I might be immune to eve-teasers (or they to me!). But sometimes that is strictly not true. I have side-stepped this despicable specimen of the human race for several years now by avoiding public transport and getting my own. I largely travel in the safe environment of my own comfort zone, from home to work and the odd visit here or there, these days. So election season has once again given me somewhat of a reality check. Read more

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Uddhav Thackeray was recently reported to have called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh an unpardonable name but now it turns out it was only the crowds who used the word `hijra’ and Uddhav merely said he “felt bad that they had called Dr Singh a eunuch”. Very clever. And he might well get out of it. But his father was always direct and there were no obfuscations ever about his abuses. Read more

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