Cities. Migration. Justice.
Hello! I'm a staff writer at CQ Roll Call, covering immigration policy on The Hill, and beyond.
Previously, I was at CityLab, then The Atlantic's website about cities, where I primarily wrote about immigration, housing, economic inequality, and criminal justice. I also curated CityLab's bi-weekly culture newsletter, Navigator.
My work ranges from exclusive reportage, investigative data dives, award-winning features, in-depth policy analyses, to essays and cultural critique.
I am an immigrant from India and have reported in India, France, the U.K., and Germany, in addition to the United States. Through my writing, I seek to foster nuanced conversations about equity, identity, and belonging.
Check out my newsletter, Eyes emoji on migration, in which I distill what I'm reading on the subjects I cover.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
That's a complicated question for many immigrants and people of color. But here's my short answer: I grew up in New Delhi, India; I came to America for college in 2006; I have had the privilege of living in many cities around the world: Philadelphia, Chicago, and briefly, London. For the last several years, I have called Washington, D.C. home.
WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?
I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied political science and French. Later, I went to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and fell in love with Chicago.
I went to high school in New Delhi, India.
WHERE CAN I SEE YOUR WORK?
For some of my latest work, check out Roll Call. My previous work can be found on my author page on CityLab, which is now a part of Bloomberg News. My writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, NPR, BBC, the Texas Tribune, and McClatchy News, among other publications.
CAN YOU FREELANCE?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE RECENT READS?
Outside of work, I mostly read fiction — but have been making my way through more essays, memoirs, and other non-fiction recently.
Currently, I'm reading Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson, Waiting for a Visa by Bhimrao Ambedkar, Homie: Poems by Danez Smith, and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.
Two recent favorites are The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio and The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TWITTER PRESENCE?
WORKING ON ANYTHING GOOD RIGHT NOW?
Yeah, I'm putting together a book proposal: A collection of reported essays exploring themes related to migration and identity. My hope is that once the reader is done with the essays, the pieces all click together, and she understands why people decide to migrate, how they make their journeys, what they bring with them (or leave behind), and the types of reactions they face once they cross borders.
DOES ANYTHING MATTER?
Likely not! But it's important to keep trying.