I am director, Press Institute of India, and the editor of its journals Vidura, Grassroots and RIND Survey.
I was earlier editor - Supplements, The Economic Times; chief copy editor, The Times of India; assistant editor, The Hindu Business Line, and consulting editor, WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers & News Publishers). I was also a columnist for The New Indian Express and for many years wrote on heritage, sports and civic issues for Madras Musings and The Hindu.
I have contributed to books on the history of Madras (Madras Rediscovered, At Home in Madras - A Handbook for Chennai, and to Madras-Chennai - A 400-year Record of the First City of Modern India) and some of its prominent citizens (The Unfinished Journey - The Story of M. Ct. M. Chidambaram Chettyar, T.T. Vasu - The Man Who Could Never Say No), and also to the corporate biography of L&T-ECC, 60 Landmark Years.
I began my career as a direct recruit officer with United India Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the General Insurance Corporation of India. After eight years, I moved to the TTK Group where I had a decade-long stint as head of Public Relations and Corporate Communications.
I was born and brought up in Calcutta. Studied at Don Bosco Scool, Park Circus, and graduated in Commerce. Much later, I studied Journalism at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. I was a topper all through school and college, and bagged the gold medal and the best student award in Journalism at Bhavan's.
I enjoy interacting with students, especially those from the fields of Journalism, Visual Communications, PR and International Relations.