Is it “too trivial” for complex geopolitical stories to use the same techniques used to list examples of horses that look like Miley Cyrus? This is a perverse reaction to an interesting phenomenon: the remaking of an effective tabloid press. Media that aims to be accessible, that seeks to engage and inform people outside elites, has a valuable mission. Engagement with Ukrainian politics might begin and end with a “disaster porn” slideshow nine times out of 10, but what of the tenth individual who goes on to read more? For younger audiences or those disengaged from the mainstream media, one thing is sure: that the exploration of an alien topic will very rarely start with a 5,000-word article in Foreign Policy.

I’m not terrific at remembering to post my published pieces on here, but some products from the last few months:

A piece I reported for Al Jazeera English on mass weddings taking place in post-riot relief camps in Muzaffarnagar.

A piece I reported for the New York Times’ India Ink blog on the politics motivating sectarian violence in Lucknow during Muharram.

A media analysis I wrote for Columbia Journalism Review on how Indian media and international media saw the Khobragade diplomat case.

A Q&A I did with Mukulika Banerjee on what anthropology and ethnography can teach us about why India votes (NYT India Ink).

A Q&A I did with Vishwajyoti Ghosh on the significance of younger generations “restorying” Partition in a graphic novel format (NYT India Ink).

My slowness with these updates aside, I’ve been pretty active lately on Instagram! Check out my photos from the field and some daily life snaps.


The Big Roundtable exists to provide a home for what lately has been called “longform” journalism, and what we like to call nonfiction short stories. Six months after our launch we have an even dozen such stories under our belt, including our latest, Jaime Joyce’s “Killl Me Now,” published in a…


Whether by accident or design, President Obama chose an interesting day to deliver his speech on the future of government surveillance, says “The World that Was” reporter Chris Woolf.

The speech fell on the anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, warning about the threat of the emerging national security state.

Upon arriving in China (where we traveled after India), 9-year-old Kyri said of all the gleaming highways and office buildings, “Daddy, this looks more like America.” But by the end of our trip, 11-year-old Annika proclaimed: “India was dirty. China is polluted.”


Medha co-founders Byomkesh and Chris were featured in Times of India’s article of social entrepreneurs in Lucknow! Read the full story here.

This winter, I’ll see more patients with seasonal-affective disorder than the flu, and the tissues in my exam room will dry tears more often than they muffle sneezes.
Suzanne Koven writes about how everyday health-care providers are increasingly responsible for addressing mental illness: (via newyorker)

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Uttar Pradesh, which elects 80 lawmakers to the lower house of the Indian Parliament, will be a key state in the formation of the new government. “The situation is certainly worrying because there are political players in Uttar Pradesh, who have an incentive in polarizing votes using religion,” said Ramachandra Guha, historian and author of “India After Gandhi”, a history of modern India.