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.