I am currently a journalist based in Mumbai, with significant experience behind me as a satirist, editor, educator, community leader, adult coach, and writing mentor.
I see myself as a philosophical beast of sorts – I think deeply about leadership, people and life’s difficult questions. I spend a great deal of time thinking and reading about the news, history, politics, media issues, social justice, civil liberties, and social psychology. I write about the public discourse, education, leadership, gender, politics, and society.
I was 17 when I started writing, in the initial years of Indian blogging. Soon, towards the end of 2009, I founded one of the earliest satirical websites in India, News That Matters Not, which grew into an international award winning youth platform.
We produced some of the finest satirical pieces on the Indian web, closely impacting the public discourse during 2010–2014 – the period known for the anti-corruption movement, the post-Nirbhaya struggle, and the build-up to the general elections. Working with the best of people, I gained the most crucial and challenging life experiences and learnings in leadership, coaching and entrepreneurship. NTMN’s internship program, led by me, was praised by an international jury. I quit from an active role as Editor-in-chief in May 2013.
After this, I joined the Teach For India Fellowship. I spent two extremely rigorous, learning-filled, and reflective years teaching 54 primary children in a municipal school catering to a low-income community in Shahdara, Delhi. I also spent significant time as a recruiter, interviewer and coach.
From July 2015 to April 2016, I pursued a course in print journalism at Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bengaluru.