Interviews


In December I interviewed Mallika Taneja, artist, actor, writer, about her piece "Thoda Dhyaan Se" for BBC's The Cultural Frontline. Here's that audio, especially relevant after the Bangalore mass molestations.

Thoda Dhyaan Se


Black-and-orange Flycatcher BY Prasenjeet Yadav
Take a remote misty mountain range known as the sky islands. Birds that have been cut off from their fellows and doing their own thing for around five million years. A conservationist is using unusual methods to help preserve some very special birds. My story on @vvrobin & @DJEcotone’s bird beatboxing — ecology with a sountrack @DW’s Living Planet: The entire show is online and it’s only 25 minutes (with […]

Birds and the beat: a conservation story on DW’s Living ...


For The Cultural Frontline, I interviewed artist Roshnee Desai who has designed a taxi upholstery fabric “Only for men” that aims to turn sexism on its head. Her views, verbatim, in the podcast from January 9. It was broadcast on the BBC’s new The Cultural Frontline podcast on January 9. You can listen to the whole podcast here, it’s the lead piece:

Design for conversation & change: Roshnee Desai profiled on BBC’s ...



Holding up Ammiji's sari
For Indian women, saris mark crucial points in our lives: Festivals, coming of age, weddings. We buy saris but, at least early on, we inherit them. The crux of this piece is a sari I inherited from Ammiji (my paternal grandmother) and how I want to hold on to it even though I don’t want to wear it *as is*. Enter Queen of Hearts and Deepa Mehta.

Not my grandmother’s sari – my piece on PRI’s The ...


In December of 2012, when “Nirbhaya” was brutally raped and killed, documentary filmmaker Ram Devineni was visiting India. What he encountered moved him to create a comic book, his first, with an unlikely action hero – Priya, who astride a tiger, with the aid of Goddess Parvati, takes on prevailing attitudes and #everydaysexism. I met him in December 2014, at the launch of Priya’s Shakti at the Mumbai Comic Con […]

An unlikely heroine – my story on DW Worldlink





Meet the Author: Janhavi Achrekar, who has just published her first collection of short stories. In this interview she talks about the struggle to get published, how the scenario has changed for Indian authors, her other projects and about the book, "Window Seat."

Meet the Author: Janhavi Achrekar