One of the biggest payoffs of journalism is that it takes you to places where you wouldn’t go otherwise. And a bigger payoff is people’s (especially your parent’s) reaction when you tell them about it. Here’s an example:
Time: 11 PM
Venue: Goregoan Exhibition Centre
Me (on phone): Mom, I will be late.
Mom: How late?
Me: Maybe 1.30 or perhaps even two in the night
Me: On an assignment
Mom: For what?
Me: A jaagran
Mom: What jaagran? Whose jaagran?
Me: Radhe Guru Maa’s jaagran
Mom: HUH???? And who sent you there?
Mom: Your BOSS has sent you to a JAAGRAN???
Mom: *Hangs up*
Trust me, had mom not heard the bhajans playing the background, she would have never believed that I was telling the truth.