It was a sweet attempt all right to woo the journos. Often at the receiving end from the media for being a missing minister in New Delhi, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee tried to compensate her prolonged absence from Rail Bhavan during the economic editors' conference. She not only reached the venue at Shastri Bhawan a good half an hour earlier but made it a point to do some smart PR with the media.
Mamata sat with them, indulged in personal chit-chat and even showed some photographs captured by her on her mobile phone. During the conference, she tried to discard the impression that she is often missing from Rail Bhavan and pointed out that she attends all the important meetings in the seat of the railway ministry. And to make sure the good impression lingers for a while, she presented a box of Diwali sweets to all journos present.