“Hate Is a Subtle and Evil Virus, as Dangerous as Corona”: Author Annie Zaidi

Best-selling author Annie Zaidi on inspiration, personal choices, and her prescient novel about bigotry and radicalisation in today’s India By Shweta Bhandral A peaceful countenance, a crisp cotton sari and a pleasant smile as she greets friends and guests at her book-reading session. It wasn’t the first time I was meeting Annie Zaidi but the […]

A Fact-Checker’s Life: Exposing Fake News and Communalism, Surviving Social Boycott

As technology majors and media houses gear up to fight fake news, fact-checkers at the forefront face the social backlash and soul-crushing battle. By Shweta Bhandral In April 2018, Google News Initiative (GNI) held their first train-the-trainer fact-checking workshop in India with 35 journalists from across the country. Attending that four-day seminar at Google’s Delhi […]

40 Days – Mumbai COVID Lockdown Dairy

My new venture in the education sector got two positive responses and I was excited to start working with them April onwards BUT Covid19 happened and everything went standstill. It took just about 24 hours to shutdown, one of the most densely populated cities of the world, nearly 73000 people live here in every square […]

Being on Camera – A confidence Building Workshop

Clicking a selfie or doing video calls with friends is one thing and being on camera to talk on an issue, report news or deliver content which the audience will listen to is totally another. Training students in this skill, I would call it art, is not easy and there are several factors at play. […]

Empowering with Theatre

Theatre, an expression, an art form that has stirred revolutions, a confidence builder, it is an enabler of sorts for those who otherwise are quiet and introvert.  I always knew the power of this art form but when I wrote a play on Fake News for children of a Municipal school in Dharavi, Mumbai it […]

News Sensitisation – Need of the hour

We are living in a world full of information and news constantly being bombarded from every corner. These circumstances demand from us better decision making, understanding, and analysis. With this in mind, the Principal of The Campion School, Colaba, Mumbai, invited me to take a news sensitisation session with class 8th and 9th. As I […]