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delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2012 12:29 IST
Kinjal Dagli

Tanvir gill is a 25-year-old who looks like she is 12. When you watch Gill discussing market trends with CEOs or grilling stockbrokers on television, it’s hard to believe that she has little formal training in journalism or news anchoring.

Or that the MBA graduate who grew up in Mumbai and Delhi barely made the cut for the general knowledge test when she was interviewed for her first job three years ago at Headlines Today in Delhi.

The editor from the TV Today Network, which runs the news channel, did call Gill after the audition, but only to say that her general knowledge was abysmal. But one thing about Gill had struck him — her confidence and willingness to learn. Gill landed the job.

While her MBA helped her grasp business trends, she honed her skills as a journalist, keeping herself abreast of current affairs and learning on the job. Seven months into the job, Gill had already been spotted. And when CNBC-TV18 offered her a job as anchor-researcher in Mumbai, she accepted. "I have my boss, Udayan Mukherjee, (executive editor, CNBC-TV18) and his team to thank for giving me the right opportunities," said Gill. "But it’s not as easy as it sounds. I still have a lot to learn."

Being part of a fast and fiercely competitive industry hasn’t changed Gill’s innate disposition; she’s a happy-go-lucky person who spends time working out and dancing whenever she gets a chance. "If I hadn’t been a news anchor, I would have taken up dancing." For now, she’s enjoying herself thoroughly in television.