Not on call 24×7:
Anjana Sinha, Director, Police Communications, Andhra Pradesh, would have preferred to do any other work than donning the khakhi. She currently handles Communications, a technical wing, which provides logistical and operational infrastructure and man-power for all kinds of communication within the state.
On a normal day, I get up around 6:30 in the morning and make myself a cup of regular English tea. I enjoy my cuppa of tea with the day’s newspapers for an hour and then I get on with my morning chores.
I do my own cooking when I am all by myself, which used to be most of the time. Now my father stays with me. I normally make some breakfast of poha or upma for him, while I have a toast. Then I have a hurried bath and leave for work.
I reach office by about 10:30 am and my present posting as Director Communications is a cushy one. I look after the procurement and upkeep of critical communication for the police in the State. I like my present assignment since it’s a learning curve.
I was posted to this department on July 27, 2011, and would like to complete my full tenure. Also, here my job does not keep me on call 24×7 and I have lot of time and my own space – which I absolutely cherish and enjoy! My subordinates here are highly committed, very enthusiastic and it is fun working with them as they have high levels of integrity and sincerity.
Being a woman cop with men as colleagues is great fun. I obviously do not have much time for my colleagues beyond office. I’d rather socialise with my type, and therefore my interface with men and women colleagues is minimal.
I donned the khakhi by chance. My parents wanted me to become a bureaucrat. They pushed me to sit for the Civil Services exam and I cleared it! I am home-bound and given half an opportunity would like to be at home. I have had very stable and interesting stints till now.
I am in the office till 5 pm and then I head off for my long walks daily around the Hussain Sagar Lake or different parts of the city. I walk about eight km by the pedometer. This is my only indulgence and I revel in it. Once in a way, I do yoga and exercises. I head home at 7:30 pm and it is time to get my dinner going.
Dinner is usually Continental and mostly consists of salads of vegetables or fruits, soups, pasta or a cutlet. Sometimes it is idli or dosas. But when my husband Selvyn Jussy and son K.S Arsh are in Hyderabad then it is different. My husband is fond of meat and when he is around he has complete hold of the kitchen.
Ours is a love marriage. I met my husband at Jawaharlal Nehru University, while studying for my MA. He being a Catholic from Kerala, it was an unconventional marriage in my part of the world, Bihar. However, my parents willingly accepted and blessed us. We are a long distance family.
Selvyn is a professor of linguistics at the University of Kolkata. Whenever required, he has taken a sabbatical and I a deputation to be together. We meet when we can. I believe, romance stays in long distance marriages. My son Arsh studies Humanities at Delhi University.
After dinner, it is time to catch up on my pending office work. I love reading fiction with the backdrop of history and poetry. Currently, I am reading Arranged Marriage by Bengali author Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni.
On an odd day, I watch TV. I am very musical and like listening to old Bollywood numbers. I have enjoyed my trip to Kailash Manasarovar and given a chance, love holidaying in Ooty and Goa.
At weekends, when not with family, my friends become my extended family and I spend time with my friends Jasveen or Shikha. We watch movies preferably rom-coms- basically movies that bring joy to one’s life. I fiercely enjoy my solitude.
As told to Lakshmi Ramakrishna
Photograph by Rajesh Jerry