About Soutik Biswas
Hi. I'm Soutik Biswas and I'm the BBC News online correspondent in India, based in Delhi. I have also worked with newspapers and magazines in India and Singapore and am a Reuters fellow from Green College, Oxford.
You may remember me from the BBC India Election Train blog (the entries of which are now archived here) which covered the 18-day, eight-city, 6000km tour of India I took along with colleagues during the general elections in April and May. This time, of course, I hope to go on a much longer journey with you.
I joined the BBC some six years ago, and have travelled around the subcontinent covering many stories. But, in the end, no story is more fascinating than India's and how the world's biggest and most raucous democracy is evolving and facing up to its many challenges. The blog is also an effort to try to make sense of the vast changes sweeping the country.
When I'm not working, I listen to a lot of music and watch a lot of cinema. First movie seen: Oliver Twist. First music heard and loved: Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles. Last movies seen: Double Indemnity, M, and Miller's Crossing. Last music heard: Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live at the Madison Square Garden.
My dream was once to work as a music journalist for Rolling Stone magazine. Or a writer on Mad magazine. Instead, I ended up covering the shenanigans of politicians and their ilk, among other things. But then, with apologies to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, you can't always get what you want.