When he wasn’t teaching or immersed in research, Prafulla Chandra Ray sometimes sauntered into college hostels and gave his favourite students a pep talk or drew them into a discussion about social issues concerning India, which was suffering under British rule at the time. It may seem like an odd pastime for a chemistry professor, but Ray’s work and public life were shaped by the politically charged times he lived in.
Ray, now regarded as one of the researchers who helped usher in an era of ...
For Knowable, I dug into the dark world of domestic abusers -- why they abuse, and most importantly, can they change? Turns out VR can help them empathize with their victims, and perhaps, change.
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It's time to decriminalize prostitution everywhere, I argue for Playboy.com. The piece combines on-the-ground reporting from Cape Town (South Africa) and the Indian cities of Jaipur and New Delhi. It's a relic -- one of my favorites nonetheless -- from my culture reporting days. Here, I'm uploading the version accessed from Archive.org since Playboy restructured its website a couple of years ago, removing most of its old content.
Snakebite continues to be a silent public health problem across Asia and Africa. In this piece for Chemical and Engineering News, I combine on-the-ground reportage from Kochi, India, and in-depth exploration of novel antivenoms that could potentially be a "gamechanger" for many countries plagued with the disease.
Borne out of a national conference, this piece for The BMJ chronicles the birth of India's unofficial medical watchdog -- ADEH.
In this Chemistry World news feature, I report on a recent study that linked India to a major superbug's birth. The piece also provides a lot of context on India's antibiotic resistance problem.
Solutions journalism is close to my heart. In this Pacific Standard (non defunct) story, I explore India's heart disease epidemic through the lens of a low-cost intervention.
Sharon Hillier is on a mission to save women from HIV. Read her amazing story in Science Friday, an NPR entity.
I profile three innovators who are using emerging tech to fight COVID-19 for Smithsonian.
This 2019 Chemistry World piece reports a news story spanning across the US, Europe and India.