Hi I’m Sheetal and I have an apology to make. I really should have introduced myself 5 months ago when I first started working at WHYS, but I never really got round to it. So today, after running out of reasons as to why I haven’t written my meet the team, I’ve finally succumbed to the pressure.
I came to WHYS after working at BBC Asian Network and BBC Newsgathering. I’ve worked in various areas liks BBC News and at Asian Network produced a phone in and a Bollywood programme. Bollywood really isn’t my thing, but I had a great time creating a brand new programme and changing the way things are usually done with the world’s biggest film industry. I was lucky enough to travel around the world, meeting, interviewing and chasing India’s beautiful people. And along the way I got to know some of Bollywood’s most talented actors and film makers – Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai (who were recently invited to the state dinner at the White House…they didn’t gate crash) and Shah Rukh Khan who was recently detained at a US aiport. Who said entertainment was glamorous!
On most of my trips (related to Bollywood) it was 20 hour days and one meal per day. So working amongst the beautiful people was tough, particularly when you meet people you’ve grown up watching in the cinema. Imagine having a really bad hair day when you have to meet Robert Redford…well that’s pretty much what it was like for me in Mumbai and Bangkok!
Luckily WHYS isn’t glamorous, but it’s very exciting and since being here I’ve had the pleasure of doing two trips – Milan and Berlin and I was lucky enough to meet some of you in Berlin. I’ll also be looking after One Young World in February and hopefully Miami in March at the WeMedia conference. Hopefully I’ll meet some of you out there.
I should mention my news sources also, this went up a couple of months ago. But I like a variety of hard news and analysis and of course the obligatory showbiz and entertainment stuff that allows me to completely switch off from the intensity of WHYS! Oh and if you’re wondering why I’ve got a shiny thing on my forehead in the picture, it was taken at Krupa’s wedding, so I was all dressed up!