Call me Vinoo.
Shatoo (Shatakshi Gawade), one of my closest friends from the Asian College of Journalism, called me in early 2015 with a crazy idea: let’s quit our jobs and travel across rural India! It will be such a wonderful story to tell people! That we have been to all the interesting villages in India!
In October 2016, a month before we started, we wondered what we should call each other.
“My friend Shatoo and I will be traveling together…” just sounds like we’re going on a road trip.
Colleague? No, we don’t want people to think we don’t like each other.
Partner? Doesn’t sound right.
Business partner? Well, we aren’t technically a business.
We also wondered whether we should call our project a “storytelling project” or a “journalism project”.
Ankit, our third “colleague”, thinks it shouldn’t be called a project at all. It should be a “mission”.
We seem to have settled on “colleague” (people don’t really need to know that we’re friends), “storytelling” (though we throw the ‘j’ word around once in a while), and mission.
My colleagues and I are on a mission to visit villages from each Indian state and write stories about them all! Watch out, world!