Writer, editor, and journalist based in New Delhi, India.

I work with words. 

I am currently editing and reviewing academic research papers for publication in the field of Humanities. (That's the closest I will come to Academia ever).

My writing on pop culture, gender and books has been published in Mint Lounge, Firstpost, Outlook, Feminism in India, The Chakkar, among others. 

I have previously worked with The Indian Express newspaper and Down to Earth magazine as desk editor.

My Latest Work

Abandonment, poverty, sexual exploitation: Why Indian women pay a higher price for climate crisis

Women have limited ability to overcome climate shocks compared to their male counterparts: It is an uneven playing field. But a gradual change is on the horizon The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (CoP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — which draws to a close November 12 — briefly turned its focus on those who pay a bigger price when a disaster strikes. Climate change — a ubiquitous planetary phenomenon that impacts every person in every co

We need to reassess vocabulary, behaviour to undo gender bias: A mathematician explains why

Mathematician Eugina Cheng speaks to DTE on her new theory of people that doesn’t look at world as a dichotomy between genders, as well as the need to un-gender our vocabulary The world is often viewed through simplistic concepts of ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ that pit men and women against each other. This linking of behaviour with gender furthers gender-based inequality. Now a mathematician has proposed a new way to look at things: Decoupling behaviour from gender. Eugina Cheng, mathemati

CoP26: Women need more space at the climate table

Climate change does not affect everyone equally: Women are disproportionately more vulnerable. This should ideally mean more women having a greater say in climate action, but do they? Climate change does not affect everyone equally: Women and girls are disproportionately more vulnerable to threats posed by the crisis. Rural women, informal workers, indigenous women, ethnic minority women, women with disabilities — women and girls in all their diversity — experience its impacts differently. Thi

The cost of being the perfect daughter-in-law

In mid-2020, a childhood friend called me in the middle of a night, aghast. She had finally met the man she had matched with on a matrimonial site. They had been talking for nearly three months on phone and seemed to get along well. But stringent and long COVID-19 lockdowns meant they could not meet sooner. When they finally did meet, it did not go too well. He’d told her that after marriage, she would need to dress according to the expectations of his family — no shorts or dresses immediately

Priya: The Brown-Skinned Supergirl to the Rescue —

Ram Devineni-created comic and puppet character Priya is India’s first girl superhero, a feminist icon inspiring a global environmental movement and systematic changes in ecological policies in India. The teenage girl in salwar-kameez looks right out of a mythological chestnut. She sports a diadem and rides a flying tiger. On the streets of the national capital—where a deadly cocktail of smog and smoke leaves people gasping for breath every year—she is out to implore action on one of the most pr

Conservation is a tale of characters as diverse as an ecosystem, in Nitin Sekar's What's Left Of The Jungle

Stories of leopards walking into suburban gated housing societies or elephants stomping through agricultural land are aplenty — the instances only rising, calling into attention the burning topic of man-animal conflict. A matter of deep concern is how human beings have encroached on 'their' territories, disrupting the equilibrium of individual space itself. The disruption in the network has particularly strained a crucial fragment — the forest dwellers and those who depend on forests for their

Happiness: How Park Hyung-sik, Han Hyo-joo zombie K-Drama reinvents monstrosity

Zombie movies are rarely about zombies. The undead are, nearly always, portrayed as a mass of decaying corpses with the singular aim of gorging on living human flesh. They are all the same—shambling, rotting, unfeeling. All they want to do is multiply. You cannot reason with them, you cannot have them return to their human form. There are only so many ways the living can see them feasting. There are only so many ways their heads can be blown out. George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968

'Turning Red': How Pixar Film's Misses Hit All The Right Notes

When you are an adult, there are only a few things that make noise as they break you. The ones that fix you, however, bring incongruous music in their wake. There is a moment in Pixar’s latest Turning Red, where Mei Lee, the Chinese-Canadian protagonist, confesses to her band of three best friends without any perceptible explanation that she cannot poof up into the giant red panda — a blessing-turned-curse passed down by Mei’s warrior ancestor and that transformed their women into hairy, cur

Monica Ali's 'Love Marriage' captures the comedy, cruelty and affection of dysfunctional families

Nothing hides the fracture in a family better than the enviable orderliness of its morality. The grandeur, bejewelled by silences and lies, is crisply deceptive, but it always looks like — or rather, is made to look like — a lovely, lovely thing. A dysfunctional family can be a dreary but unsullied recital of a perfect life, for it feeds on the necessary dullness that comes with the fundamental denial of the existence of emotional lives. It is made to look like it belongs to a holier-than-thou u

Reading Raymond Carver: This is what we talk about when we talk about love — and loneliness-Art-and-culture News ,

What began as a minor reflection of the spectacular institution that love and marriage are — at least that is how I thought of it back then — ended up being a grand reveal of all that was so magnificently broken. In February 2016, I sat with 17 others to discuss what love meant. It was a college assignment, but we all took it pretty seriously, with the classical romanticism and arrogance of student-journalists who would soon be out in the real world harping about the big stuff. Raymond Carver’

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