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Why am I included in Who's Who?
BBC political correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti, among the new additions to Who's Who, describes finding out she's joining the likes of supermodel Kate Moss and rugby's Jonny Wilkinson in the famous reference book.

Reeta Chakrabarti
Reeta Chakrabarti

Who? Me? Such was my first reaction on being invited to submit an entry for Who's Who. Surely they meant it for Shami (director of Liberty). Or perhaps Suma (eminent Whitehall mandarin).

Having established that this wasn't a case of mistaken identity, I was chuffed and baffled in equal measure. My parents will be so pleased, I thought, but when did the Establishment take notice of me? And does this now mean I'm part of it?

Then there was the challenge of the wording of the entry. Parents' and husbands' names go in - but children's don't. A pity I thought, given they are part of what I've done.

More testing was the bit where you list your recreations. This is officially "the opportunity to give a more personal angle".

In fact it is the only part anyone reads with any interest (except perhaps from your date of birth). Who do I want to be? Does it matter if it's not true?

Shall I set out to be cool, and list jazz? Does listening to Jamie Cullum count?

Perhaps I should go for whacky. But - given that you're in there for life - I'd no doubt come to regret it.

Colleagues have wasted no time teasing me about being included. Hopefully my entry hasn't given them more ammunition
Reeta Chakrabarti

Much time was spent wondering if I could really be the 30,000th person to list "travel."

Eventually I settled for "visiting beautiful European cities", which made me feel a bit disloyal to the rest of the world, but is a more accurate description of what I can achieve and afford.

I listed healthy hobbies like tennis and swimming - and reading novels, which is what I do slumped on the London Underground's Northern Line.

This, with any luck, gives the impression of a nice, rounded character, although at risk of sounding a bit like everyone else.

I was determined to give my kids another mention, and managed an "enjoying my children", which was more generous than the original version.

Colleagues have wasted no time teasing me about being included. Hopefully my entry hasn't given them more ammunition.

Your comments:

"Grammar Nazi, irritating and irritable, but at least he loves his dogs."
Peter, Newbury, UK

Jean-Christophe aka JC - There is only one of him, that is a certainty, he is unique.
JC, Crouch End

'He struggles to be normal in an increasingly abnormal world'
Graham Hayward, Worthing

Far too much brilliant stuff to be listed in a poxy little tome like this...
Roger Brown, Vancouver BC

He lived all the days of his life.
David A Hill, Todmorden, England

In a society where Equality and Diversity is of huge importance, does it really matter, WHOS WHO?? Surely this just reinforces the negative social inequalities in our society. And you might ask who am I to comment about this, but I'm me, just like you're you.
Paul Latham, Weston, Crewe, UK

Just wanted to congratulate Reeta. I think she is an excellent reporter and certainly one of the best we see on TV. She thoroughly deserves to be included if the likes of Trevor MacDonald is already there, not that I would know.
Umit, UK

Reeta Chakrabarti
12 Sep 05 |  Reporters

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