Stranger Than Fiction
Rakesh started his career in 1995 with New Delhi-based Business World magazine, and later worked in a string of positions at other leading media houses such as India Today, Hindustan Times, Business Standard and the Financial Express, where he was the news editor. He was also a contributor for OneWorld South Asia, a portal on sustainable development and human rights. His articles have been used as reference at the Centre for Research on Globalization, Canada; the School of Communication, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and as part of the curriculum at the Anthropology Department of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Coming from a multicultural milieu, his family members include Chinese, Tibetan and German speakers, and of course Indians from six states. Which perhaps explains his love of languages. In 1996 he topped his Russian language course at the Russian Institute of Art, Science and Culture, New Delhi.
According to Rakesh, being away from India is like exile. But there's an upside too: living in one of the most pristine countries in the world is extremely conducive for clear headed contemplation. From the corner of the planet you get a better view of what's going on up there, he claims. Stranger than fiction!
He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
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