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women lead struggle to preserve Indian democracy in face of rising Hindu nationalism

Waging Nonviolence, August 2019.

In the three years after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance came to power in 2014, communal violence in India increased by 28 percent, according to one analysis of home ministry data. With fascism on the rise, Indian women are organizing trainings and campaigns to foster communal harmony and safeguard constitutional rights.

Also published on Truthout.

 

NOTES FROM SKOPJE

The Hindu Sunday Magazine, August 2019.

Europe’s “capital of kitsch” continues to perplex and intrigue unsuspecting visitors.

NOTES FROM MOSTAR

The Hindu Sunday Magazine, June 2019.

Strolling through the vibrant streets of the Old City, it’s easy to forget Mostar’s grim past.

THE ART OF COPING WITH SUMMERS

The Hindu, April 2019.

I grew up in Chennai, a city that has a year-round summer — the heat a sort of clingy companion you cannot evade.

 

THEN & NOW: A REFLECTIVE STUDY OF DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES IN BANGLADESH

The Peninsula Foundation, March 2019.

In its less-than-fifty-years of existence, Bangladesh has pioneered breakthroughs in the fields of public health and microfinance, passed noteworthy drug policies, significantly improved aspects of agricultural production, and achieved unprecedented growth in its GDP.

Roots of a Fragmented Middle East

The Hindu thREAD, December 2018.

Nationalism in Europe and North America relied on the celebration of common roots, be it language, religion or culture, and a regularised ‘othering’ of perceived enemies, in order create a shared identity. The Arab world, however, has been historically comprised of groups of various tribes, clans, cultures and religious sects.

NOSTALGIA IN A GLASS OF BOZA: TURKEY’S CHERISHED WINTER-TIME DRINK

The Hindu Sunday Magazine, September 2018.

The setting sun casts a golden glow over the otherwise nondescript street in the residential neighbourhood of Vefa, Istanbul. Not far from Sultanahmet, famous for its numerous historic attractions including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Vefa is quieter and calmer.

 

THE ECONOMICS OF FASHION AND FEMINISM

MUJER! Pilot Issue, September 2018.

A little over a century ago, women were teetering about in hobble skirts, a peculiar garment that was long and considerably narrower around the knees, making walking in one nearly impossible. In conforming to societal norms, women risked injury and even death.

TIPS FOR STUDYING ABROAD IN GERMANY

Verge Magazine, July 2018.

Three years ago, I moved to Frankfurt to attend graduate school. I soon discovered, however, that life in Germany could serve up some pretty dramatic surprises to an unwitting international student. If you’re considering studying in Germany, here’s what you need to know.

STRAWBERRIES FROM PALESTINE

The Hindu thREAD, June 2018.

I shuffle through the songs on my playlist restlessly while the bus remains firmly lodged in traffic. I was supposed to meet Zahra at 11 a.m., and I’m already half an hour late. Zahra sounds calm as she replies to my apologetic text, assuring me that she understands and would wait for me.

 

ILLUSTRATIONS DEPICTING THE PERVASIVE NATURE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

The Hindu thREAD, April 2018.

Every single time a woman undergoes sexual assault and is blamed for provoking it, what we are doing is choosing to dismiss the incredibly pervasive nature of the crime.

ALL IN A WEEK’S TRIP: BEACHES, MOUNTAINS AND CITIES OF BANGLADESH

Tripoto, June 2017.

This one-week itinerary includes everything from the hustle and bustle of Dhaka & lush lakes of Chittagong to the fresh mountain air of Bandarban & pristine beaches of Cox's Bazaar.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN INDIA: AN ILLUSTRATED ESSAY

Drawing the Times, March 2018.
Indian Cultural Forum, November 2017.

A four-page comic delving into the experience of growing up amidst rampant sexual harassment in India, featured on both the Indian Cultural Forum and Drawing the Times.

 

INDIAN SOAP OPERAS AND THE GLORIFICATION OF MISERY

The Hindu thREAD, May 2017.

The South Indian television serial, which showcases storylines predominated by domestic conflict resolution, sets up and perhaps perpetuates moral binaries in a world sorely in need of nuance.

The Art of Being a Good Indian wOman

New Internationalist, January 2016.

Hello there, self-declared modern Indian woman. Will you survive the beast that is Indian society? The beast that was designed specifically to crush your independence and ensure that you never shake off your role as the torchbearer of family dignity?

HOW ONE MONTH IN SPAIN MADE ME BELIEVE IN MYSELF

BootsnAll Travel, April 2013.

The concept of traveling alone had never occurred to me until that point. But if I was going to wait for someone to accompany me on this trip, I might just end up waiting forever. I booked a round-trip ticket to Madrid.

 

THE Gender Trap - What’s in Store for the ‘Woman of Tomorrow’?

The Morning Media Project, December 2012

A recent study ranked India fourth in the list of worst places in the world to be a woman, above conflict-ridden Somalia.

INTERVIEW WITH DR. MAYA VEDAMURTHY

Iqube Magazine, April 2010 [Print]

I interviewed renowned dermatologist, Dr Maya Vedamurthy, about the rise in cosmetic surgery among adolescents for Chennai-based Iqube Magazine.

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

Iqube Magazine, April 2010 [Print]

I visited Musee Musicals, a historic music store established in 1842 in Madras, and learned about some of the finest instruments in their collection.

 

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Brochures

Brochure content created for Colorado-based nonprofit iDE, in June 2012, for their first official ‘Impact Tour’ for donors and supporters. The brochure comprises descriptions of cities and villages in Nepal on the trip itinerary, an overview of iDE’s work in Nepal, as well as an information regarding the registration process.

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Visual Diary: A Weekend in Frankfurt   Featured on the official Frankfurt Tourism page.

Visual Diary: A Weekend in Frankfurt Featured on the official Frankfurt Tourism page.

Mental Illness Runs Rife on Rikers Island   This piece was originally completed as part of the ‘Journalism for Social Change’ course offered by UC Berkeley on the edX platform.

Mental Illness Runs Rife on Rikers Island This piece was originally completed as part of the ‘Journalism for Social Change’ course offered by UC Berkeley on the edX platform.

Visual Diary: Miles from Budapest   It was rainy, gloomy and cold when I arrived in Budapest in the spring of 2014.

Visual Diary: Miles from Budapest It was rainy, gloomy and cold when I arrived in Budapest in the spring of 2014.

 
Dispatches: Delhi’s Neglected Urban Villages   In Delhi, development and dilapidation occurs concurrently.

Dispatches: Delhi’s Neglected Urban Villages In Delhi, development and dilapidation occurs concurrently.

When in Rome   A journal entry from the time I spent a summer in Rome.

When in Rome A journal entry from the time I spent a summer in Rome.

Euphoria & Dread: The India I Know   Everything about this country seems to be accompanied by a complex dichotomy of emotions.

Euphoria & Dread: The India I Know Everything about this country seems to be accompanied by a complex dichotomy of emotions.

 
Visual Diary: Interiors in B&W   “Here, I say, we have lived, we have been happy. This has been ours, however brief the time.”

Visual Diary: Interiors in B&W “Here, I say, we have lived, we have been happy. This has been ours, however brief the time.”

Dispatches: July 15th Rally in Istanbul   For millions of Turkish people, the highlight of that Sunday was not the 2018 World Cup final.

Dispatches: July 15th Rally in Istanbul For millions of Turkish people, the highlight of that Sunday was not the 2018 World Cup final.

Going Backwards   Sometimes, returning to a place where time seems to have stood still is what restores my sanity.

Going Backwards Sometimes, returning to a place where time seems to have stood still is what restores my sanity.

 

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