Freelance

Portfolio as Journalist and Science Writer


Hidden in plain sight: A mental health crisis in academia (Part 2)[17th byline/8 houses]
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]
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]
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. (This story got an honourable mention in the SciShortform roundup July–December 2020.)
The Life of Science — 21st August, 2020


COVID19 and Cyclone Amphan batter Hobjapara’s ‘migrant’ families[13/7]
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]
Scientists are clueless 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]
Researchers explain the Sun’s ‘coronal heating problem’ by studying it via 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]
Researchers have investigated the effects of dark matter particles on the growth of black hole 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 anonymous for an Indian student who has recovered from COVID-19.
Scroll — 1st May, 2020


Indian Researchers Work Round The Clock In Quest To Contain Coronavirus[5/3]
I report on how scientists have prepared themselves and others for COVID-19 diagnosis.
Huffington Post India — 13th April, 2020


Battling the Contagious Disease of Racism: A Personal Account From Germany[4/2]
I write in first person anonymous for a person living in Germany.
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