Chasing political stories day in, day out had turned me into a robot. That was what being the coordinating editor of a newspaper with limited resources entailed. I was working for Tarun Mitra in Patna. Then, one day, I received a call from Pramod Ranjan, the editor of Forward Press, Delhi. “Will you come along to meet the Asurs?”
At the most I could spare two days. But I needed to shed my robot-ness for a while. “When do we leave?”, I asked. On 1 November 2015, Pramod arrived in Ranchi from Delhi. I was supposed to reach Ranchi from Patna by train. But I worked till late in the night and missed the Patna-Ranchi Jan Shatabdi scheduled to leave early next morning. I ended up boarding a bus.
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