I am an award-winning freelance graphics and data journalist who covers the news with code, data and design.
For the past six years I have been using data and visuals to craft narratives at local, national and international news outlets. But I also love to teach and share my love for data and journalism at conferences around the world.
I am originally from Delhi, India, but have studied in New York, and worked in Florida, Wisconsin, Delhi and Singapore.
My work has won several journalism and design awards including those at the Data Journalism Awards, Society of News Design and Malofiej International Infographic Awards.
I see immense value in:
Mentorship - Part of where I am today is because of mentors I have found along the way. Because of that, I want to learn to be a better mentor. It is also one of the reasons why I enjoy teaching.
Trying to learn new things - There is a high to learning new things. I am a self-taught coder but I took lessons to learn conversational Mandarin and hula hooping. Coding and hooping stayed, while mandarin didn’t. It is okay to fail, but it is exciting to try. I paid for the classes because the discipline of a routine helped me stay consistent and keep showing up for myself. If you are an inherently disciplined person, do it for free!
A balance of achievement, closeness and pleasure - This was wisdom passed on by a friend from her therapist. Achievement can be publishing a new article or giving a talk. It can also be showing up for a workout because it is not something I necessarily enjoy. Closeness can be found in community - often, friends and family. Pleasure - something we as adults often forget, is supremely important too. Maybe it is getting that massage, maybe it is sitting by a beach. Things can flow across categories too. For instance, hooping started out as achievement for me, but soon turned into pleasure.
I am slow with email, but I always get to it. Please get in touch if you think I can be helpful. If you are a newbie, I have three resources -
1) FAQs based on questions people new to the industry generally ask me.
2) A list of resources to help you get started