I’m affectionately known on the World Have Your Say team as Marshmallow, mainly because I thought houses were built on stilts for ventilation and because I accidently bought a real crocodile’s head on a work trip to Florida. If you ever get to meet us, I’m sure you’ll hear the stories.
I started my BBC career just over a year ago as a journalism trainee on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. I’d been knocking the BBC’s door for a job for years without any joy so I was thrilled to finally have my foot in the door! After leaving university, I went onto work for the International Organization for Migration for two years liaising with grassroots media to communicate with asylum seekers and irregular migrants.
My first taste of journalism was with my local paper shop stacking newspapers and magazines during my schools years. This was followed by a short stint of work experience at the Economist magazine where I fainted on my first day in the editorial meeting – definitely one of my most embarrassing moments. I fell unconscious, was packed in a black cab and sent to hospital.
I’m a bit of a Francophile having worked in Paris as a student. The suburb didn’t have the best reputation but the kids I taught were really inspiring. I try to regularly read Courrier International and often revert to Le Petit Prince for the umpteenth time when I think my French language skills are a bit rusty. I’m reading it now.
When I’m not producing and planning a wedding (yes I’m getting married in 11 weeks) I like to think I can sing. I’m a big fan of Indian classical, folk and Sufi music. I find it really relaxing. You can often find me in my parents’ garage recording tracks or at the Nehru centre in London. I’m also a big fan of learning languages. I’m on my fifth, but I think it’s going to take a while to master Spanish. I use to keep a blog but that has came to a temporary halt since my boyfriend proposed. I now tend to spend a large amount of my time in the evenings on confetti forums and my dream shaadi looking for make up artists, florists and wedding decorators. The team have been very patient with me and my wedding banter.
When I was freelancing across the BBC, I secretly wished I’d get a job on World Have Your Say –I feel really lucky to be a part of the team. I’m probably the smallest person the team has ever had and Mark’s definitely the biggest, but I think it’s a good reflection of the team dynamic – everyone has a place and a say. Please note – I am wearing heels in the photo on the left.