Twists and turns and incredible journeys have made up life so far. I hope it isn’t the halfway mark, but I clearly am on the other side of the hill now. In defence, it’s called experience. I am 50 years old now.
My journalistic experience started with the Economic Times online. I moved from ETOnline to Indya.com, a grand new experiment that assembled a great pool of talent from across the country. It was an enriching experience for all who landed up in Koramangala, Bangalore at the peak of the first dotcom boom.
Before that ship sank it dawned on me that teaching journalism was my calling, and a teaching stint at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media followed.
Then the journey took me to Frontline, Chennai. I learnt a great deal there and It was humbling to be part of a true journalistic experience.
The eventful phase led me back to good ol’ Bangalore. This time working for AOL. The erstwhile Internet giant was setting up a portal in India. A lot of fun and hard work followed. After a two-year stint there, I bumped into the formidable Mike Magee of The Register fame. The briefest stint followed — ITExaminer.com.
EPW.in under the institution-building and amiable Rammanohar Reddy was my next stop. I’d call it the pinnacle, if The Hindu wasn’t my lifelong aspiration. My stint at this incredible institution involved the grand redoing of its website. It was done, successfully. I Headed the digital arm of The New Indian Express for about year, back in Chennai, after that.
And then I was called to run The Hindu’s website. The pinnacle. Two years there was an experience, to put it mildly. But it got me to Delhi.
This journey has incredible. Delhi, is different, I’ll allow that word to hang there for a bit, while I settle in and enjoy my stint as the Digital Editor of the Hindustan Times.