It was August of the year 2013. I was in the final year of my Master’s degree in journalism, and we were to do our first video news story. Ours was on Irom Sharmila. After contacting people who could be our “talking heads”, we got to know about her fiancé who had been pursuing her case from the front. Realizing he was the closest link to Irom, I sent him a message on Facebook. I got a reply from him the next day.