About Me

I'm a multimedia journalist and Poynter fellow with a demonstrated history of producing impactful features and conducting high-profile interviews. I cover menswear, politics, and food. My writing appears in Bon Appétit, Food52, Eater, MR Magazine, NewsX, and other publications. I am deadline-driven, work meticulously in fast-paced newsrooms, and aim to help create a more equitable information system.

For my master's thesis at Columbia Journalism School, I reported on inequities within the modern-day spice trade and its impact on major stakeholders, agrotrade, and the economy. 

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Recent Work

Mentaiko Is Ready for Its Moment

“I dumped my date to eat mentaiko,” reads a throw pillow on the Amazon search page. If upholstered encomiums to fish eggs aren’t your style, the site has 165 other (mostly) edible iterations of the stuff. Think of karashi mentaiko, or sacs of salted cod roe that have been marinated in powdered chiles and spices, as caviar’s Japanese cousin. Spicy and mildly fishy, it has lurked flirtatiously on restaurant menus and in international snack aisles for the last decade. But now, thanks to a combinat

HAGS Brings the Queer Food Revolution to Fine Dining

Four hours before opening night on a hot July evening in the East Village, chef Telly Justice is slicing Big Rainbow tomatoes, a harbinger of summer. She enshrouds each slice with a snowy blanket of dehydrated fava bean milk dust, which she prepares beforehand in her and her partner Camille Lindsley’s one-bedroom apartment. Justice walked the 30-odd blocks to the Union Square Greenmarket to buy the fava beans. She finishes the dish with perilla leaves and a generous glug of sesame oil. This dish

Rebuilding My Relationship With My Father, One Kebab at a Time

Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that's meaningful to them and their loved ones. Some of my most visceral childhood memories involve going to the butcher’s market with my father—dozens of nearly identical shops, each no larger than a service elevator, tightly stacked up against one another like a deck of cards. These excursions usually followed Sunday prayers at our local gurdwara, the beating heart of a bustling

WHAT’S DRIVING THE DENIM BUSINESS?

From students to CEO’s, everyone wears jeans. Th­e uptick in the demand for jeans can be evidenced by the fact that the average man now buys four pairs per year, according to a qualitative research study published by HTF Market Intelligence in January 2019. ­The study also predicts the global denim market to reach $9.32 billion by 2025. Key drivers of the jeans market include an increase in disposable income, the advent of e-commerce and the casualization of the workforce. ­The good news: every

HOW COMPANIES CAN APOLOGIZE WITHOUT GETTING SHUNNED...OR SUED

­The corporate apology, once deemed a rare occurrence, is now commonplace, an indispensable part of the daily corporate colloquy. From conglomerates to politicians, from YouTubers to teenaged Instagram influencers, everyone seems to be rushing at an alarming rate to deliver high-minded, low impact apologies. Sean O’Meara, the co-author of The Apology Impulse, helps break down why brands and celebrities continue to shell out lackluster apologies, only for them to fall on deaf ears. In this age o

There Won’t Be Another Joan Didion

There Won’t Be Another Joan Didion I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise, they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 A.M. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.––Joan Didion, Slouching towards Bethlehem (1968) I feel like it takes a very special person to be the kind of writer Joan Didion was.

PHOTOGRAPHERS MICAIAH CARTER AND QUIL LEMONS TALK INCLUSIVITY

In his recently-released book Th­e New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent feature the works of 15 renowned black photographers including Tyler Mitchell, the first African-American to shoot a Vogue cover, Campbell Eddy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Quil Lemons, and Renell Medrano. Sargent seeks to challenge the notion that blackness is homogenous; his book is deemed a form of visual activism. Historically, black visuals in fashion, film

INDUSTRY EXPERTS ON THE FUTURE OF STORES AND BRANDS

Picture the early 2000s: the mall was an indispensable part of suburban life, a utopia that offered everything you could ask for. Whether it was returning a tacky gift for store credit, grabbing a slice of pizza, or finding thoughtful presents for a scorned significant other, shopping centers offered quick solutions to most modern problems. Today, malls are struggling to keep their doors open. The internet took the world by storm and was in most American homes by 2001. We no longer had to sift

FOUR WAYS TO BRING BACK CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAMS

By 1998, television and radio eclipsed traditional forms of advertising. Having grown up with the sensory overload of the “dot-com” boom of the 1990s, millennials are desensitized to conventional store promotions and seek a greater degree of engagement. With the advent of the capitalist climate that we live in and the ‘it’ brand changing faster than a ‘disruptive’ Silicon Valley gets start-up funds a new way to sell socks; consumer loyalties are fluctuating. Over the past decade, online promoti

BROOKS BROTHERS HOSTS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE’S

On Saturday, December 7th, Brooks Brothers, along with Armie and Elizabeth Hammer and Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman hosted a special holiday party at the newly-opened West Hollywood Edition in Los Angeles. Guests were invited for an afternoon of holiday treats and participated in a variety of festive-themed activities including ornament decorating and personalization, balloon art, face painting, as well as interactive gourmet cookie decorating hosted in partnership with Bird Bakery. Santa Claus