We are a small team of two. Both of us are media professionals with over a decade of experience in both print and digital. We have interviewed hundreds of people, told their stories, reported on art, culture, civic affairs and we love talking to everyone, from a celebrity to the person next door. At heart, both of us are storytellers and content creators – we know how to write long and short form and we can tease out a story from a conversation, a trek, a coffee date and even the most mundane and ordinary events. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.
A journalist, and a media professional, I love the power of the written and the spoken word. I have always been a seeker of stories. As a child, I would ask my grandmother to tell me a story and countless hot, summer afternoons would blur into dusky evenings as I was taken in by the magical spell cast by her storytelling skills.
That innate curiosity and love for people, places and their experiences was only cemented by my education – a BA in English Literature, followed by a Master in Communication Studies and then finally, a MA in Creative Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London. But it is not just my education or the skills acquired in a newspaper that help the craft of storytelling. It is the belief that all of us – like a plant or a tree – carry within ourselves several seeds for fascinating stories. Much like the seeds, our stories may scatter far and wide. Bringing hope, courage, companionship, redemption and new life, wherever they go.
(I also blog at http://thebanyantree.home.blog)
I love the fact that each person carries with him/her a bag full of stories. I can sit silently for hours and listen to you, your version of a situation, your life journey, or the conflicts in your life. This love for stories, combined with the fact that I love to travel and explore, pulled me to journalism.
My degrees – BA in English literature, Diploma in French, Masters in Mass Communication, MA in Political Science, and Masters in Human Rights — were never meant to be fancy things on my resume. These courses were carefully chosen so that they could help me connect with interesting people.
Working with big brand names helped me pay my bills, but when I got bored, I simply packed my bags and went away to do “weird” things like teaching at a school in a remote location in Kashmir, solo trips to Himachal, or walking for 194 kms for 10 days in Chhattisgarh as part of a peace march. The crux of this craziness? Meet more people, listen to more stories.