Pheroze had to choose between a clandestine espionage agency and The Hindu. He was our trek reporter in Coimbatore and theatre critic in Delhi, before he reached Bhopal. Get him on Twitter at @pherozevincent.
Madhya Pradesh, with its 51 districts and myriad climes and cultures, can be described as a state of states. Covering its Assembly poll was wonderful not just because it was my first time covering one, but also because it was a time when the electorate wears its true colours on its sleeves.
Perhaps classism is nowhere more prominent than between the AC coach, Sleeper Class and the general coach of a train in the Indian Railways. Shifting between the three is a type of political dialogue with unexpected nuance. Netas beware!