Hi and welcome to my website
I’m Rahul Verma, an experienced journalist (writer, editor) and all-round editorial whizz currently contributing to publications including Metro, The Guardian, Vice, The Independent and Mixmag. Over the years I've written for Rolling Stone (India), The National (UAE), Time Out, NME and Arena, and many more besides.
After 15 years in journalism I thought I should have a proper website explaining my world of work. Broadly speaking I cover arts and culture, social affairs and South Asia, and mostly report on what I find interesting.
In the last 12 months that has included covering Britain’s pro-cannabis lobby, an Emmy-nominated doc on young women in India, protestors who give up the comforts of home and how Britain’s electoral system disenfranchises young people.
I've also conceived an award-winning BBC Radio 1 doc on sexual exploitation in gangs (produced by the excellent Snappin Turtle Productions) and I'm currently producing a documentary on the crisis facing the curry industry for BBC Radio 4.
I’m particularly interested in communities, people and movements that don’t have a mainstream voice - you could call it a fascination with the grassroots, subcultures or marginal voices, however I see it as curiousity in people.
I firmly believe in journalism’s ability to inform, inspire and stimulate thinking about the world we share and I’m hugely excited by the evolving ways and means of telling stories such as podcasts, graphic novels, interactive infographics and multimedia platforms.
I recently completed an MA in South Asian Area Studies at SOAS (University of London) and thoroughly enjoyed rigorously researching in India and the wider region, and its diaspora, through the lenses of cultural studies and anthropology. My courses included, Contemporary Culture in South Asia, Asian & African Diaspora in Britain, and Culture & Society of South Asia, while my dissertation explored Hindu nationalism in the digital sphere.
After two years with my head in the books, I have oodles of ideas that I'm itching to bring to life.
If you a have a lead or would like to explore working together, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LinkedIn can tell you about further strings to my bow, including working with young people to create magazines, websites and editorial content (Live Magazine), delivering workshops (Live Magazine, Richmix, The Roundhouse), and copy writing.
Finally huge thanks to Vanilla Collective for the branding and website design and TKB Visuals for the photos.