Meghna Sharma: Happy to be here

10 Sep,2012

By Meghna Sharma

 

I had known about PM since my days at DNA, and though I was interviewed by him for my previous job, he had left that organisation by the time I joined it. Yet, many still continued to talk about him and his style of working. He gave reporters a lot of freedom and never breathed down their throats. Also well known was his passion for food. I had to quit that job for personal reasons but when I got back to the city, I didn’t hesitate to give him a call.

 

I had heard about his new venture – MxMIndia. Many would have thought twice before joining a start-up. I didn’t. What matters to me are the people I work with. So, May 1 (ironically, on Labour Day) was my first day in MxMIndia. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that my journey in MxMIndia started on an ‘honest’ note. My first assignment was to cover Satyamev Jayate, on May 6 – a Sunday, so I worked on a holiday in my first week itself. Thankfully, it was a much anticipated show and everyone was ready to give their two bits on it – good, bad or ugly.

 

The broadcast industry is always buzzing – shows being launched, movements, mergers, a few shutdowns as well… I had to build contacts, learn about each network and everything in between.

I was given the broadcast beat, something I hadn’t covered thoroughly in the past. But I took it up as a challenge. The broadcast industry is always buzzing – shows being launched, movements, mergers, a few shutdowns as well… I had to build contacts, learn about each network and everything in between. And thanks to my editor and my colleagues, I think I have done fairly good job (still time for the appraisals!). However, it still remains a challenge to get broadcasters to talk as they are always busy in their numerous and never-ending meetings! But then again, what’s the fun in having everything on your fingertips. Media planners, I like. They are willing to give their insights on various issues/topics related to the industry. The past few months have been exciting – from writing big stories to getting people to contribute for our various sections – Relative Values, My First, Life’s Lessons and How I Unwind.

 

Apart from work, I’m glad to have a wonderful team to work with. We are a small team; some work from home; but somehow, the office never feels empty. We discuss work, industry trends and ideas. And of course, have our share of fun too. Who doesn’t love a little office gossip?

 

The last three months have been exciting and enriching for me and I hope it continues to be so.

 

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