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Writing & Editing

Good writing and editing result in clear, engaging communication. Effective communication is invaluable, isn't it?

I offer writing, editing and related research services at reasonable rates. Here’s a list of things I could do to sharpen your message. Please contact me for an estimate of the work you want done.

As a writer-editor I have worked in mainstream, alternative and on-line journalism, with non-profit organizations, and published fiction and poetry.

I worked for English-language newspapers and magazines in Bombay/Mumbai, India, in the 1980s, came to Canada as Distinguished Visiting Journalist in 1990, came back to do a Masters and then immigrated.

After working for Canadian environmental and international development organizations, including a stint abroad as technical advisor to HakiElimu, a dynamic, Tanzanian, non-profit organization, I followed my partner to his hometown, Montreal, and went freelance.

Bombay Wali and other stories - was published by Guernica Editions, Toronto, in 2013. I received a Quebec Arts Council grant to write a novel, Land for Fatimah, which Guernica will publish in 2018.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Here are some writing samples:

The Arts

Magic Mushrooms and Paranormal Parrots book review, Montreal Review of Books.

Nuanced understanding of “back home”, book review, Montreal Serai.

A Touch of Gothic, book review, Rover, Culture & Conversation.

Executor, book review, Montreal Serai.

Peoples Social Forum 2014: “Tooling” the Revolution – A Report, Montreal Serai.

“I always want to make art that is real and truthful.”, an interview with playwright Anusree Roy, Montreal Serai.

She's having a book baby! The Rover.

Indian Expressionism - The fascinating marriage of Indian and German cinema an interview with film curator Meenakshi Shedde, Montreal Serai.

Oh MAI MAI, a profile of Montreal Arts Intercultural, The Rover.

Blogging from the Blue Metropolitan Literary Festival, Montreal, 2011

Drinking the Literary Cocktail

Blood, Sweat and Publishing

When in Canada

Egypt and Humanism @ Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Canada

The Dalit Voice: An interview with (poet) Meena Kandaswamy @Infochange News and Features, India.

Head Turning Sculptures The Rover.

A Real-life Indian hero The Rover.

Tantalising Glimpses: Tibet in Montreal The Rover.

Media

Turning journalism on its head @InfoChange News & Features, an online resource on sustainable development and social justice in India and South Asia.

Marginalised voices get a new life on the Net @Infochange News and Features, India.

Development, environment and non-profit issues

Building individual donor base key to success, the Canadian Fundraising and Philanthropy newsletter.

From caterpillar to butterfly – an article on a women's health issue written for the Women's Feature Service.

Support for self-reliance, for the news service of the Centre for Environment Education, India.

Joy of Learning, for the news service of the Centre for Environment Education, India.

Eating on the run, IDRC Reports (International Development Research Centre), Canada.

India's Narmada Dam Valley Project Ecodecision, Canada.

The Indian media's response to global warming, News Media in a Shrinking World, Encounter 90, University of Western Ontario, Graduate School of Journalism, Canada.

Environmental Racism, Environmental Justice, first published in the Cross Cultural Centre newsletter, Toronto. Reprinted in the Low-Income Families Together newsletter, Toronto.

Opinion editorials

Why don't you start a reading club? The Citizen, a Tanzanian newspaper.

Are our schools safe for girls? The Citizen, Tanzania.

llustrated storybooks

The final publications, done for a Tanzanian NGO, are in Kiswahili. Each publication link is therefore followed by the storyboard in English

Don't slip and fall on the HIV Road (extracts, 2.2Mb pdf)

HIV Road storyboard

Zainabu's Education (extracts, 712Kb pdf)

Zainabu's Education storyboard

Travel

Destination Himachal, The Times of India.

Buddhism

Buddham Sharanam Gachami, Ottawa Shambhala Centre newsletter.

Mahamudra Vision, The Dot, the Shambhala quarterly newsletter.

Fiction

Bombay Wali and other stories, Guernica Edition, 2013

Poetry

Spliced Worlds, in "Cerebration", No 3, 2006

Indian woman When Your Voice Tastes Like Home, Immigrant Women Write, Edited by Prabhajot Parmar and Nila Somaia-Carter, Second Story Press, 2003

Bloor StreetLow Income Families Together Newsletter, 1996

Carsong, The Pedalling Planet: BicycleShare Reading Book, 1995