As I child I was fascinated with television. My oldest memory of television is that of the title music of Doordarshan News. Doordarshan, India’s Public Broadcaster, was, at that time, the only TV station in the country.
Growing up in a conservative Hindu family, what we watched on TV, was dictated by the head of the family – then, my grandfather. So, I watched a lot of bland, single-frame, classical music shows, health shows and farmer education shows. Despite the uninteresting choice of programming, the magic of television did not elude me.
Then came cable television, which gave an interesting twist to the tale of Indian democracy. I got hooked to it, just as the rest of my generation did. It was our window to the world, I suspect, that is what got me interested in news and current affairs. I watched ‘The World This Week‘ and ‘Surabhi‘, tirelessly.
Television, to me, became a medium to tell interedting stories. Whether they are about chickens or cars, about people or politics. That is when I decided that I would make a career in video storytelling.
To pursue that ambition, I went on to study journalism in Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and worked with New Delhi Television as an Output Editor after graduation. Three years later, I was offered a Fulbright grant to study Broadcast Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University in New York.
Travelling is my religion, I have travelled quite extensively across India and parts of the world. I love to swim in cold lakes in the country. Music intoxicates me more than any alcohol. The only campaign I support and advocate is ‘Free Hugs’.
On this webiste, I have featured some of my work as a news and features reporter.