About Me

I’m a freelance writer and editor currently based in New Delhi, where I’ve mostly lived and worked since 2005.

I’ve led and been part of editorial teams at print and digital platforms in India and in New York. I write on literature, language, food and drink, travel, the arts, urban life, and sometimes other stuff.

I was born in the Washington D.C. area. I attended Swarthmore College, and later the Columbia University School of Journalism.

I’m open to all sorts of writing and editing assignments. Contact me!

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EXPERIENCE + EDUCATION

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September 2005 – Ongoing
Freelance

Writing in the New York Times “India Ink”, Indian Express, Biblio, The Wire, Outlook Traveller, National Geographic Traveller, Open, Art India, Food & Wine, Departures, Ink Publishing, brownpaperbag.in and others. Contributed research and writing to Fodor’s Essential India and Time Out’s India: Perfect Places guidebooks.
Editing and fact-checking for Departures, Black Ink, Random House, Indagare Travel and others, including blogs, academic papers and literary manuscripts.

September 2005 – Ongoing
November 2017 – August 2018

Joined the team establishing VICE India as senior desk editor. Was promoted to Executive Editor – News due to demonstrated abilities during a management crisis. Launched the website, led editorial staff and liaised with VICE globally until the company shut its Delhi office.

November 2017 – August 2018
March 2015 – September 2017; January 2019 –
National Geographic Traveller India

Consulting Editor providing editorial support for commissioned stories.

March 2015 – September 2017; January 2019 –
February 2016 –
Doris Lessing Biography

Primary Researcher for the authorized Doris Lessing biography, to be written by Patrick French.

February 2016 –
October 2013 – August 2015
The Caravan

As Associate Editor, I commissioned and edited long-form reportage and opinion—including narrative journalism on politics, policy, the media and the arts. Took on various managerial responsibilities on my own initiative, and a greater editorial role when senior editor and arts editor positions fell vacant.

October 2013 – August 2015
July 2011 – May 2013
Time Out Delhi

As Editor-in-Chief, I commissioned and edited all content including text, illustration and photography for the globally branded city magazine (fortnightly, 90-200 pages). Managed sizable editorial staff; worked with sales and marketing teams; reported and wrote, including a regular column. (Bookended by brief roles as Managing Editor and Consulting Editor to previous and successive Editors-in-Chief.)

July 2011 – May 2013
September 2010 – July 2011
American Express Publishing

Research Assistant for Travel + Leisure and Departures magazines in New York City.

September 2010 – July 2011
August 2009 – May 2010
Columbia University, School of Journalism

• M.S., Magazine Concentration; coursework in digital and social media, radio, video, beat reporting, narrative style writing.
Thesis on low-income rental housing, predatory lending and foreclosure in the Bronx.
Designed website and cover of class publication The New York Review of Magazines (2010 edition).

August 2009 – May 2010
October 2006 – August 2009
Time Out Delhi

Helped launch new magazine. Anchored all visual arts coverage as Art Editor; and then took over as Food & Drink Editor. Built contact databases, planned cover story packages; reported on myriad city issues, news and culture; interviewed prominent authors and officials; assisted with copy-editing, layout, proofreading.

October 2006 – August 2009
April 2006 – June 2006
Asia Society India Center

As Program Associate, helped launch India chapter of global business, policy, culture platform. Handled publicity, events; coordinated with New York City head office.

April 2006 – June 2006
September 2005 – February 2006
The Indian Express

Copy-edited, proofread and designed pages for various editions of one of India’s top English-language dailies as a Trainee Sub-editor.

September 2005 – February 2006
August 2001 – May 2005
Swarthmore College

B.A. Highest Honors. Major in Sociology & Anthropology; Minor Interpretation Theory; extensive Literature coursework.
• Reported on Kashmir’s tourist economy from Srinagar and New Delhi for undergraduate thesis.
Semester abroad at St. Stephens College, New Delhi (2003).

August 2001 – May 2005