A bit about me

Hello. I am an independent journalist based in Bangalore, India.

Our lives have moved online, and I am curious about how technology impacts people in expected and unexpected ways. My stories are usually at the intersection of technology and people, culture, human rights and business.

My work has appeared in WIRED, Slate, MIT Technology Review, Caravan, Vogue Business, Rest of World and Coda Story. Previously I worked with Economic Times and Mint.

Recently, my reporting was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to write about the Indian government's imposition of technology on women healthcare workers.

 

I hold a Master's degree in Journalism from Georgetown University. Lived in Washington, D.C. for three years and worked at Kiplinger magazine. 

 
Recently published

  • How healthcare workers in India fought a surveillance regime and won — Coda Story

  • The struggle to bring an endangered language into Unicode — Rest of World

  • How missed calls became Covid-19 lifeline in rural India — Slate

  • Robo-chefs making their way into Indian cloud kitchens — Rest of World

  • WhatsApp fight with India has global implications —  WIRED

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other work
 

2021

  • India's vaccine booking system CoWin gives troubles — WIRED UK

  • Covid exacerbated the issue of child marriage in India — Caravan

  • The challenges of counting Covid-19 deaths in India — Slate 

  • Why Stripe invested in Pakistan's startup Safepay — Rest of World

  • How one-tap digital loan apps pushed Indians to take their own lives — WIRED UK

  • India's biometric system Aadhaar proves exclusionary to pregnant women in Indian — Coda Story 

  • A local police unit in India's fight to curb the spread of child sexual abuse content online — Rest of World

2020

  • Indian techies race to build the next TikTok after the ban — Rest of World

  • Hyderabad wants to keep an eye on all its citizens — Mint 

  • How Hyderabad in India transformed from being a tech hub to a city with excessive surveillance — Coda Story

  • Kashmiri entrepreneurs managed with slow internet for over a year — The Juggernaut

  • How Indian creators became collateral damage with a TikTok ban — WIRED UK

  • Zoom weddings become the norm India during Covid-19 — Rest of World

  • How video apps became a megaphone for Indian society — Rest of World

 
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