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I’m a reporter with Fountain Ink magazine where I cover international affairs, crime and digital media. Some notable works of narrative journalism that I have done at Fountain Ink include: reports of poaching by international smugglers in the Andaman Islands; the rise of social media and the challenges it poses to traditional media, and how terror groups use it; and the presence of an illegal economy at Za’atari Refugee Camp, Syria’s largest refugee camp. I have extensively covered the “Arab Spring”, and continue to report on the Syrian conflict. I have followed the rise of the ISIS closely, and it has been an important part of my reportage.

I began my career at The Indian Express in New Delhi in 2008. I wrote stories on the 26/11 attacks, interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi days after her release from house arrest, and covered three fashion weeks for the Express. I studied International Relations at the London School of Economics, and wrote my dissertation on JFK’s handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was awarded the Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Awards in 2015 and 2017 for crime reporting and The Society of Publishers in Asia 2018 Awards for Reporting on Women’s Issues. I have travelled overland across South East Asia, South Asia, West Africa and the Middle East working in refugee camps, managing the Beat Bums and twirling fire on the beach.