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My Crush that Week: Shoma Chaudhury

Posted by chimeki on January 23, 2013


Shoma chaudhury

Shoma Chaudhury
Photo Courtesy http://newsandallthat.wordpress.com

Recently in an event I had a chance meeting with Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka. She was moderating the event, a book launch on the Maoist Movement in India at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Later, I decided to congratulate her. Of course I did. But the handshake was longer than what is considered appropriate. She had to snatch her hand to humble me.

I like very few people. Shoma is one of those rare people I like to read and listen to. Her writings and video editorials in Tehelka are enlightening as well as engaging. She is extraordinarily attractive and articulate. Her hands are soft. Probably she is used to computers from the start. Pen users often have hardened finger tips.  Her eyes are spot less. She does not smoke. Smokers have yellowish sclera. Her eye lashes are upwardly curled and finely made to look longer. In adherence to the event, she was wearing red nail polish. Unlike others of her kind she is of modest height. It makes her approachable. As is the case with others, you don’t have to stretch your body to look at her eyes. Her voice is microphone friendly. It doesn’t hurt ears. Often, I have terrible experience watching presenters shouting at the top of their voice to look convincing. Shoma, with a pause here and a pause there and fine voice modulation, looks convincing without hard beating your eardrums.

Acknowledging the arrival of cold, she was wearing a woollen Kurta with dark shawl. May be to avoid attracting unnecessary attention she was wearing non-metal jewellery. I, kind of have reservation for these raw jewellery the Delhiwalas wear often. Without exceptions these jewellery are out of sync with the space and time they live in. Instead of making them attractive they make them repulsive. Seriously, who will like a cowbell on a woman’s neck?

Shoma says she is a constitutionalist. Elaborating further, she suggests the time we live in makes every constitutionalist automatically anti-state. I endorse the argument for I too can feel the contradiction of the state with its constitution.

As soon as she joined the dais, she made it clear that the book to be launched was a failure. She lambasted the author for not complying with the ethics of journalism. She said she wanted to boycott the function but decided to present her view openly. When the author countered her suggesting that she see the book in entirety, she said, any given book was either completely good or wholly bad and could not be somewhere in between. She not only corrected the author but a section of the audience too who for reason unknown wanted her to praise the author or at least support him.

After writing this far I don’t know how to conclude this. But seriously, how often do we need a conclusion?

V.S.

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