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)


The final frontier?

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.


A fresh coat of arms

Here is a podcast I did for The Economist on August 22, 2012. We discuss interplanetary networking, gas-guzzling paint and new approaches to web publishing and social media.


A deadly compound

Found in secret agents suicide pills, used for extracting gold from its ore, and found in dangerously high quantity in African staple food – here’s hydrogen cyanide.

Chemistry in its elements: Hydrogen CyanideChemistry World, 14 September 2011


A simple molecule

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?

Chemistry in its elements: ChloroformChemistry World, 27 July 2011


On a high

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.

Chemistry in its elements: TetrahydrocannabinolChemistry World, 8 December 2010