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Myanmar, military and mystery - 4

After some initial hiccups, I got a hang of things. My first press release was on Sr Sudha, an Indian Padma Shri winning nun who worked among the rat eating Musahars of Bihar. I also did a story on her for the newsletter which made her very happy and she took copies to take back to her workplace. For my effort,the living saint kissed me in gratitude.
The press bench had two Westerners representing other Christian organisations and a Thai photographer. Being the press earned me a lot of love, respect and attention. Many priests from my home state introduced themselves. All in all, it felt good to be treated with so much love and respect. Sunday morning was meant for parish visit, and since we mediafolks didnt figure in the list, me and Liezel made good the break to see the golden Shwedagon pagoda and the Khwandage Lake. We also visited the Scott market on that rainy morning for some bargain buys - my prime interest was paintings especially of monks walking to monastery.  The afternoon…

Myanmar, military and mystery - 3

I met the general secretary at breakfast and felt like a Class 6 pupil saying "present, sir" on roll call. I had gone to Yangon on his invitation. Later I was asked to come down to the lobby to meet him. There I met my other team members, a father-son duo who were to head the media team and do the page making respectively.We were briefed about our role and the gen sec's expectations, which made it clear that he was ambitious as well as a control freak. He wanted a newsletter a day and press releases. The editor-in-charge, who I thought was a real professional, told him his gmail was blocked. In the days to come I learnt that he was a a glib talker, but a useless sucker when it came to work. My first assignment was to get a pre-conference quote from all the malloo church leaders about their expectations from the conference. I dont remember interviewing anyone after my journalism student days. Anyway, gathering courage I walked over to a handsome tall Bishop across the room…