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Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 09:13 UK time, Friday, 22 October 2010


Challenging news, adventurous trips, an endless supply of unhealthy munchies, witty exchanges and 'marshmallow' comments from yours truly mean it's never a dull day on WHYS.

I started my BBC career around two years ago as a journalism trainee on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. I'd been knocking on the BBC's door for quite some time without any joy so I was thrilled to finally have my foot in the door!

Prior to this, I worked in the development sector for a couple of years, with various agencies including the International Organization for Migration on projects with illegal migrants from South Asia.

My first taste of journalism was with my local paper shop stacking newspapers during my school years. This was followed by a short stint at my local gazette and then at the Economist magazine where I fainted and fell unconscious on my first day in the editorial meeting... definitely one of my most embarrassing moments!

I'm a bit of a Francophile having worked in Paris as a student. I'd love to go back one day and hold the city very dear. I try to regularly read Courrier International often revert to books like Le Petit Prince or anything by Frantz Fanon to brush up on my French language skills. Black Skin White Masks is one of my favourite reads. I'm a big fan of learning languages. I'm on my fifth, but it's not going very well. I end up thinking in one language and speaking in another.

I'm a big fan of Indian classical, folk (especially Rajasthani) and Sufi music and dance. I trained as an India classical singer for a few years but that's now come to temporary halt. Still, I find it very relaxing.

When I was freelancing across the BBC, I hoped I'd get a job on World Have Your Say -I feel really lucky to be a part of the team.

Best WHYS moment? Dancing and singing to Pashto folk songs in a car park in Calais with 20 Afghan migrant children. For a moment, it looked liked they'd forgotten they were trying to get to the UK in the back of a lorry. Worst WHYS moment? Buying a dead crocodile as a souvenir for the team without realising it was real - I am a vegetarian! 


WHYS is a vibrant, challenging and creative place to work. I'm honoured to be one of the smallest people the team has ever had (and trust me we've had and still do have lots of small people on the team - it's an entrance criteria). Mark's definitely the biggest team member and I think it's a good reflection of the team dynamic - everyone has a say.

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