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A Mighty Heart: 'Wanting to be a Daniel Pearl'

Continuing with reliving my experiences at FJC, I admit that I had joined journalism with some dreams and hopes. Hopes of being able to emulate people like Daniel Pearl and P.Sainath. Hope of pursuing journalism for a larger and noble cause. I believed what I wrote could impact the lives of people in a larger way. Having come from a background of studying Politics and Sociology, I thought I could well fit into the political and social beats when it came to reporting. Little did I realise that journalism was going to be a tough game. It was not just about writing creatively, using jargon...there was more to it. It was about finding out issues which affected the society at large, developing a patient understanding about them and then presenting them in a fairly neutral way before the masses. I had fancy ideas about journalism, some myths which were gradually shattered by the way of reporting for 'Emester' and then with my internship stint at The Indian Express, Ahmedabad. My un…

Little 'heaven' at FJC...

Again, I come back to where I was ... to FJC ... I feel if there is a heaven that I can aptly describe, it has to be at a small, miniature place just in front of the huge cricket ground in the university. Its a place in the extreme corners. Not very easy to locate and notice. But despite this, having an esteemed presence of its own. Its called FJC ... Faculty of Journalism and Communication, a small part of MSU. I am sure most of us are not even aware of even the existence of such a place. But through these two years it has come to mean a lot to me. Today, I can proudly claim to be associated with it. And why not. After all, it gave me a lot... not asking for anything in return. I would consider myself very fortunate if I, in any given way am able to return what my dearest institution has provided to me.

My journey at FJC started in the year 2007, when I cleared the entrance exams and interview for the MCS exam. Since the, I never looked back as semester by semester, my journey proved …