Bachi Karkaria is among India’s most-read columnists and m-respected journalists. The first is courtesy Erratica, a usually satirical, sometimes touchingly warm take on a notable event of the week. It has a sign-off character called Alec Smart who makes a cheeky one-liner comment, and who has acquired a persona of his own. The column’s popularity is helped by the fact that it appears in the Sunday edition of the Times of India which is the world’s largest selling English language broadsheet. “Sometimes I think Alec Smart actually competes with my own byline. I need to put him in his place,” says Bachi, placing her own tongue firmly in her cheek.