Manoj Chaurasia is a senior political journalist with The Statesman. He is known for his incisive political reporting and sharp observations. He has successfully used his skills to write the story of Rabri Devi–the first woman chief minister of Bihar. He believes that Rabri is a representative of the women of Bihar and, therefore, deserves special mention. While passing through the dusty and muddy roads of Bihar, he has seen Rabri's face in most rural women.Born on 5 January 1971 in Bihar's Aurangabad district, Manoj got his early education from a village government school before shifting to Gaya for secondary education. He did his Masters in English from Magadh University in Bodh Gaya. He has a flair for writing which found an outlet in various newspapers and magazines. After writing over a hundred articles on social and political issues, he decided to take up journalism full time and joined the Hindustan Times in 1994. He joined The Statesman in 2004.
Although he is immensely impressed with Rabri Devi, his credentials as a journalist put a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to be objective in his assessment. Through his book, he has tried to present the strength and weaknesses of Rabri Devi. This is his first book.