This website is a peek into the perspective I have about the world and its complexities. As a journalist, I focus on Human Rights issues and politics in India. But, have also worked on gender, religion and international affairs.
As I child I was fascinated with television. My oldest memory of television is that of the title music of Doordarshan News, India’s Public Broadcaster. It 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-framed, 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 interesting stories. Whether they are about chickens or cars, about people or politics. However, even though, the age of television seems to fade, the power of video storytelling is strengthening. Here is a peek into my first documentary on the Rationalist movement in India.
At the age of 18, 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.
In March 2015, I was a Chevening Scholar at the University of Westminster.
Apart from producing multimedia content, I also write regularly for The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Scroll.in, Dawn, The Express Tribune, South China Morning Post, The Hindu and The Christian Science Monitor.
In the past four years, I have reported from eight countries across the world and 18 states in India.
Travelling is my only religion. 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’.