Having made fun of awards and awardees in the past, I found it a most pleasant experience receiving one! So now I know what it feels like. The Devadasi and The Saint received the UNFPA Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity in Writing for 2007, under the books category for the Southern Region. The award was given at the Music Academy on 28th March. Here I am receiving it from Tmt Poongodai, Minister for Social Welfare. Also present David T Hopper, US Consul General in Chennai and S Krishnaswami of S Krishnaswami Associates.