I write for a living. Based in Guwahati, capital of Assam, I cover India’s militancy-troubled Northeast for Hindustan Times, one of the country’s leading English dailies. I am an insignificant journalist – reporter is the more appropriate word – under the impression that his pen (keyboard?) carries a lot of weight. But I can take pride in being among a very few scribes who have worked horizontally across India – from the easternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh to the westernmost, Gujarat.

I am not a well-read person. But with my limitations, have tried to reach for the (literary) moon. Have edited a book titled Tara, the Cocktail Tigress by former Uttar Pradesh wildlife chief RL Singh and Utkarsh, a book on gems. Have also written a coffee table book on the festivals of Nagaland titled Where Warriors Waltz, rewritten the folk tales of Nagaland (Tales from the Misty Mountains), and been a key member of a team that pooled funds, produced and published ASSAM, the first coffee table book on a state that is synonymous with tea. And one of my short stories, Pronunciation, was published by Penguin in First Proof-2. Among my other pursuits is copywriting for ad agencies in Guwahati. Some of my ad campaigns were for Hotel Landmark (Be our guest. Always.), Emarat Constructions (Changing skyline. Changing lives.), Zangfai, a house for traditional Assamese jewellery (Tradition told. In gold), Ayur Sanjeeva Health Resort near Kaziranga (Wellness in Wonderland), Uphaar Tea (The ulteamate blend) and highway+railway specialists Nayak Infrastructure Private Limited (Making far near).

I am married to a schoolteacher. Have two sons. And yes, am diametrically opposite to tall, dark and handsome.


16 Responses to Wordsworthless

  1. pankaj says:

    Hey Man,
    ur blog is mind blogging.
    U should compile all ur experiences in a book wherein you may enlist our name as FRIENDS.

  2. Mina Zoliani says:

    Thanks to your article on Mr LR Sailo, I got a chance to read through your other blogs & found them very interesting!

    You got good style, good presentation & I just love the tongue-in-cheek tone in the wittier ones!

    Keep writing.. and I promise, I’ll keep reading!!!

  3. Soumya Dev says:

    Love your blog. The perfect blend of humour and great insights.

  4. vivek says:

    today is a really good day that i came across ur blog.. am neither a reporter not a journalist.. not even clsoe.. i work for an IT firm but knowing about every single place, every square inch, of india is my hobby.. i have read exclsuively about NEI and while googling mount pauna of benreu range got through ur blog and am glad i did.. i will now make it a point to reach every single word u have written here.. keep covering more of NEI.. it really n badly needs all the good attention it deserves.. best wishes to u and HT.. its a really god job u are doing…

  5. You have kept on improving man. Keep up the good work. http://www.shukla-amitabh.blogspot.com/

  6. Karishma Sundaram says:

    I was given your contact by Sujay Gupta, and asked to touch base with you for writing articles. I have a mobile number, but I haven’t been able to get through at all. I would really appreciate it if you could email me on this address: karishma (at) herald (dash) goa (dot) com

    Thank you.

  7. reader says:

    Hi, I enjoy your blogs. You make me happy, and I want you to write often, or, rather I want you to post your blogs frequently. Hmm.. Kinda order from a reader. Now, you need to follow it. Hahaha…I stumbled upon your blog sometime back, and often check what have you posted new.
    Waiting for your next post.

  8. ML says:

    Hallo Rahul,
    I am from the US and came across your blog while trying to find information about Dhubri where my great-grandparents lived. I am trying to get a sense of the place and its history (and thus my family) and am finding it very hard to get information. Is it possible for you to point me in the right direction? Maybe newspaper archives from the 1930s-40s? Or maybe a local historian? Thank you so much! ps: the article about Dhubri mail made me smile and gave me so much more a sense of the place than say…Wikipedia. Cheers!

    • rahconteur says:

      Thank. Will try to, as you say, point you in the right direction though I am trying to find the right direction too.

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