I doubt you will remember me -- in fact I don't think we have ever spoken -- but we overlapped for a year at an elite undergraduate institution in Delhi. I have watched your subsequent career with some interest. Not directly, I'm afraid: I rarely ever watch TV, and we disconnected ours a few months ago, before your widely-discussed coverage of the Mumbai attacks. Nevertheless, it was nice to see, via second-hand reports, your emergence as one of the leading figures in Indian journalism.
But I have managed to catch you second-hand now and then. Most recently, TR posted a clip of you interviewing Sanjana Kapoor during the Mumbai attacks. From your introductory remarks, I learned much that was new to me:
- Wasabi was burning.
- Wasabi was in the Taj.
- It was a Japanese restaurant, in the Taj.
- It was so good that they opened a branch in Delhi.
- You couldn't actually see it on the screen, but it was in the Taj, right behind you.
- It was burning.
- Oh my god.
Clearly I have missed a culinary experience in never having dined at Wasabi. (I did idly wonder why a restaurant would be named after horseradish paste, the most toxic culinary substance concocted by humanity. Or is it the second-most toxic? I wonder if I can hope to dine at Taj Connemara, here, at a future restaurant called "Blowfish testicles." But I digress.)
Anyway, the main criticism that I saw everywhere was that your coverage of the movements of the police, army, commandos and others was aiding the enemy. So I was happy to see this morning that you are finally taking on the enemy. An enemy, furthermore, that nobody had previously identified: one Mr Chyetanya Kunte, a blogger. He apparently made critical statements of NDTV, and, particularly, of you. The nerve. You discussed freedom and civil liberties with Ms Kapoor in the interview above. But how are you to defend our freedoms when people are criticising you all over the place?
The nerve. The guy has probably never even eaten at Wasabi.
Keep going. I will keep an eye on your future career with considerable anticipation. Not directly -- as I observed above, we have disconnected our TV -- but I am sure you will continue to make more news than you report.