Portfolio as Journalist and Science Writer
Hidden in plain sight: A mental health crisis in academia (Part 2) [17th byline/8 houses]
The final of a two-part series where we examine the status of mental health awareness within Indian academia and discuss possible strategies and interventions to improve the situation.
IndiaBioscience — 2nd October, 2020
Hidden in plain sight: A mental health crisis in academia (Part 1) [16/8]
The first in a two-part series where we examine the status of mental health awareness within Indian academia and discuss possible strategies and interventions to improve the situation.
IndiaBioscience — 29th September, 2020
A new approach to quantum information processing at room temperatures [15/8]
I report on how scientists have come up with a novel approach to realise qubits, the fundamental units of quantum computers.
Research Matters — 27th August, 2020
Rachana’s pursuit of the oldest stars in the universe [14/8]
I report on the recent discovery by Rachana Bhatawdekar and her team, and profile her journey from IT jobs to the European Space Agency.
The Life of Science — 21st August, 2020
COVID19 and Cyclone Amphan batter Hobjapara’s ‘migrant’ families [13/7]
I report on how residents of a village an hour from Kolkata live in absolute apathy of all governments and administrations.
Gaon Connection English — 20th August, 2020
Speeding up computing by introducing defects in solids [12/6]
I report on how scientists have carefully engineered defects in materials to speed up computing speeds.
Research Matters — 3rd August, 2020
Observations of the Sun’s surface defy present understanding of its interiors [11/6]
I report on how clueless scientists are in understanding the Sun, the nearest star and the source of life on the Earth.
Research Matters — 23rd July, 2020
Radio-images of the Sun explains the anomaly in its atmospheric temperature [10/6]
I report on researchers explaining the Sun’s ‘coronal heating problem’ by studying it thoroughly in the radio wavelengths.
Research Matters — 22nd June, 2020
Could One Type of Neutron Stars Explain Where Fast Radio Bursts Come From? [9/6]
A new discovery in the frontier of astronomy supposedly explains the enigmatic fast radio bursts as extragalactic magnetars. I report on theoretical research examining this link and establishing the details of this complicated relationship.
The Wire Science — 3rd June, 2020
Black hole shadows could throw light on dark matter [8/5]
I report on the exciting conclusions reached by researchers, who investigated the effects of dark matter particles on the growth of black hole shadows, and reviewed the observational scope of the shadows.
Research Matters — 15th May, 2020
Tackling a mental health crisis during a global pandemic [7/4]
I discuss the various ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic can prey upon our mental health, and some small steps that can help one stay connected and grounded during the crisis.
IndiaBioscience — 13th May, 2020
First Person: ‘I survived neglect in UK and stigma in India after I tested positive for Covid-19’ [6/4]
I write in first person for an Indian student who has recovered from COVID-19. The person prefers to be anonymous.
Scroll — 1st May, 2020
Indian Researchers Work Round The Clock In Quest To Contain Coronavirus [5/3]
I report on how the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology prepared themselves and others for COVID-19 diagnosis, and have since then amped up testing in its laboratories, thanks to its hard-working researchers.
Huffington Post India — 13th April, 2020
Battling the Contagious Disease of Racism: A Personal Account From Germany [4/2]
I write in first person for a person living in Germany, to report an account of racism. The person prefers to be anonymous.
LiveWire (The Wire) — 26th March, 2020
Park Circus Maidan: Kolkata’s Shaheen Bagh [3/2]
I report from the ground on the developing situation of civic protests against the CAA-NPR-NRC, in Kolkata.
LiveWire (The Wire) — 14th January, 2020
Wake up academia, it’s a brand new mental health patient [2/1]
I draw insights from my own experiences in graduate school to suggest what institutions and individuals can do to improve mental health conditions within academic spaces.
IndiaBioscience — 16th October, 2019
Busting a few PhD myths [1st byline/1st house]
I discuss a few myths often believed and perpetuated by graduate students throughout India, which can prove detrimental to their scientific journeys.
IndiaBioscience — 8th May, 2019