At a London pub in November, I had the chance to tell a story to an audience of about 50 people. The event, called Story Collider, was organised as part of the SpotOn conference. The story is about how I moved from India to the UK and went from engineering to chemistry to ending up as a journalist. All this is interspersed with some humour about how Indian stereotypes played a role in shaping me.
Transition, 7 November 2013. (10 minutes 39 seconds)
Here is a podcast I did for The Economist on August 29, 2012. We discuss attempts by the Indian government to block social networking and text messaging, a new motor-racing series for electric cars and the legacy of Neil Armstrong.
Chloroform is a simple molecule. It was discovered by three researchers from different countries, all independently, in around 1831. Only one of those three was a chemist. Why then would a pharmacist and a medical doctor be involved in seeking new chemical entities?
Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive substance in cannabis which is also known as weed, marijuana, ganja, hash, pot, mary jane or the various other names that people have given it. If you don’t get a chance to legally try marijuana, listening to the podcast might be the closest you could get to that experience.