Stories & Features

Story packages and features by Sonologue for radio and web clients all over the world: interviews, Q&A’s, documentaries, and profiles.


Sorry, folks, I’ve had a change of plans. Both workshops for Podcasting 101 in Pune and Mumbai have had to be postponed for reasons out of my control. In one case the venue got cancelled. If you know of an organization or venue that would host the workshop in Pune in September, do let me know. In the past, offices that don’t open for business on the weekends have offered […]

Podcasting workshops July


For the BBC radio show and podcast Health Check, broadcast on December 13, 2018: According to the World Health Organisation more than 120 million couples globally want contraceptives but do not have access to them or do not like the existing options. There is clearly a need for something different, but new forms of contraception are slow to come to the market. For several decades, there have been attempts to […]

Story: Rebooting the vaccine against pregnancy






by chhavi sachdev
Here’s a question that sounds a lot more theoretical than it really is: When is a tree not a tree? The short answer: When it’s a coconut palm in the Indian state of Goa. In December 2015, the state government kicked the coconut palm off its master list of trees. Earlier this week, two conservation groups sued the state to reverse that decision. To understand the case, we have to […]

When is a tree not a tree? The Goa coconut ...



Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away. For World Migratory Bird day on May 10, my web story (longer, more comprehensive reportage) appeared on the DW.de environment page. You can read it here: Bridge Threatens Mumbai’s Flamingos. But I also did a radio story that came […]

Mumbai’s Flamingos & the transharbour link


Vehicles driving along a road are seen through heat haze in Chandigarh, India, April 20, 2016. Credit: Ajay Verma/Reuters
I did a two-way (that’s a host-interview) with Marco on The World this week, talking about the water, heat, and fire situation here in India, sharing details of my visit to Uttarakhand in late April. I also wrote an essay (text on the page is different from the audio). You can read and listen online. This is a picture I took from the airplane at around 14:00 hours.

on India’s drought, heat, and forest fires for PRI’s The ...


Can a hashtag resolve decades of international rivalry? In India and Pakistan the social media campaign Profiles for Peace has at least shown that tens of thousands of thousands of people on both sides of the border are willing to put their names and faces to the declaration that they, personally, have nothing against each other.

#ProfileForPeace India vs Pakistan – DW’s WorldLink



According to the last census, India has 500,000 self-declared transgender people. And since April 2014, the Indian government has mandated that forms have a “third gender” box on forms, along with male and female. But many suspect that there are many more transgender folks living in the shadows in India. And for some, a much older word than transgender applies: Hijra.

India’s new “Happy” song has a complicated back story – ...