i'm glad you came upon my website in these vast interwebs.
i’m an award-winning documentarian, and my heart-work is in audio.
i’ve lived in six cities, five countries, and four continents. i'm a queer south asian femme first generation immigrant from a family of refugees. i’m deeply disturbed by the idea that when society fails to tell a story, it implies that it is unworthy of being told. working to build understanding/empathy thru story is my form of resistance.
from 2014-2016 i worked at KALX as News Director, Manager, and volunteer DJ in Berkeley CA, where I fell in love with freeform community radio.
i graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelors degree in political economy in 2016. after graduating i joined the KALW newsroom in San Francisco for their summer journalism program.
in early 2017 i worked in partnership with the 1947 Partition Archive and produced a series of three short documentary films made from oral history interviews from their archive, to demonstrate the impact and memory of 1947's Partition.
in fall 2017 i became producer at CANADALAND, an award-winning news startup in toronto. i ran the progressive political podcast, Commons. production of this show was almost entirely a one-woman operation (me).
i started freelancing full-time in 2018. i’ve freelance produced for Freakonomics Radio, VICE podcasts, Pacific Content, McSweeney's The Organist, NPR’s Code Switch, Gimlet’s The Pitch, and CBC's Personal Best.
at the moment i’m producing a new project with Audible Originals. i’m also the producer/editor of the upcoming documentary podcast, Historically Queer, about the lives of QPOC activists.
in 2018, i also co-created Amplify, the inaugural storytelling conference for people of color. You can learn more here. #AmplifyPOC
among other things, i'm currently working on a series of sound-art experiments (read: i have no idea what i’m doing, but it’s fun!). aside from storytelling in all its forms, i’m wild about honey bees, hand drumming, hiking, music, lakes (especially the Great kind), and furious dancing.
prior to all of the above, i was actually putting my degree to use, working primarily in human rights policy research for non profits including Human Rights Watch (nyc) and Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research (mumbai).
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