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Work History

Jun 2013Present

Feature Writer

The Hindu
  • Handles the Special Features Team that includes various magazines, supplements, tabloids and broadsheet stories
  • Handles page production and error-free copies at all times
  • Ensured error free copies for daily editions
  • Writes stories for Metroplus, daily lifestyle supplement (The Hindu, Chennai)
  • Writes stories for Metroplus, daily lifestyle supplement (The Hindu, Bangalore)
  • Writes stories for Melange, Sunday supplement (The Hindu, Chennai)
  • Writes stories for NxG, weekly supplement for young adults (The Hindu, Chennai)
  • Specialises in stories on lifestyle, fashion, music. food, young entrepreneurs, start-ups, city stories and author interviews.

May 2011Sep 2012

Correspondent cum Copy Editor

The Times of India
  • Ensured error free pages and was actively part of production, on a daily basis for three city editions
  • Wrote features stories that are reader-friendly and useful
  • Handle Listings page and also assisted in production of lifestyle pages 6 days a week
  • Occasionally contributed for the entertainment page(Kollywood based stories)
  • Contributed stories on a weekly basis to the Times webs portal (www.timesofindia.com)
  • Other than Chennai Times, handled Madurai Times and Trichy Times twice a week. This includes brainstorming for story ideas with the correspondents and production of pages.
  • Assisted in the production of Coimbatore Times
Jun 2010Jul 2010

Trainee Reporter

The Hindu
  • A 60 -day internship working in the editorial section of the NxG, a weekly tabloid from The Hindu.
  • Worked closely with the core team involved in emphasis on grammar, writing, and overall editing
  • Contributed stories on topics like fashion, young achievers, book reviews, media literacy, eco-consumerism and film festivals.
Mar 2011Apr 2011

Trainee Editor

JFW Magazine
  • A 45- day internship in the editorial section of the women's lifestyle magazine which South India's leading women's magazine
  • Contributed to bylines for the April and May issues
  • Participated in the editorial meets and contributed to idea building and submitting concepts for feature stories
  • Trained to edit stories and follow format keeping target audience in mind
  • Contributed photos for the May edition of the magazine

Education

Jun 2009Jun 2011

M.Sc Visual Communication

Loyola College

Visual Communication involved research in media trends, in-depth movie analysis, scripting and movie production and public relation studies. 

May 2006May 2009

B.Sc Electronic Media

MOP Vaishnav College For Women

Electronic Media was an amalgamation of Radio, Television and Computer Graphics. I specialised in Television and scripted several stories for colleagues. Produced and directed five short films and 2 radio productions. 

May 2004May 2005

All India Secondary School Examination

Abu Dhabi Indian School, Abu Dhabi 

Commerce with Maths

personal skills

Softwares

Adept at using Quark Express, Microsoft Office and InDesign

Communication and command over English

High command over Spoken English

High command over grammar and editing skills

Extensive contact base in all fields 

Excellent inter-personal skills

Punctual with deadlines

Adaptive and Flexible with work environments

References

Manigandan KR

Sub-Editor, Chennai Times

Times of India

Nandita Ravi 

Principal Correspondent, Chennai Times

Times of India

Sridhar B

Head of Special Features and Assistant General Manager

The Hindu

Key Interviews

The Hindu, Chennai (June 2013 - present)

Interviewed prominent personalities:

  • Author, Fatima Bhutto
  • Actor, Abhishek Bachchan
  • Author and cartoonist Liz Climo
  • Actress, Vishakha Singh
  • Actress, Sameera Reddy
  • Grand Prix racer, Formula BMW racer,  Armaan Ebrahim 

Times of India, Chennai (June 2011- September 2012)

Interviewed prominent personalities:

  • Singer and performer, Justin Bieber
  • Singer, Usha Uthup
  • Actress, Khushboo
  • Author, Kenn Nesbitt

Have achieved over 250 stories and bylines

Other Interests

  • Self-published author at 15 years old, with Finial of my Thoughts, a collection of 20 poems, launched by the Indian Ambassador to UAE (
  • Have been a quizmaster for several Inter-collegiate quizzes for universities. Have also quizzed under Derek o'Brien and Siddhartha Basu
  • Conduct art works for Non-profit organizations like Teach for India.
  • Founder and Owner of Paper Planes on Facebook - a page dedicated to cartoons and humorous doodles

Personal

DOB: 30.7.1988 (26 years)

Place of birth: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nationality: Indian

Contact 

'Thanal', Ambalath House, Guruvayoor , 680 104, Trichur , Kerala  

Ph no: 00919884955454