An independent journalist based in New Delhi, India, Nilanjana reports on India and South Asia for top international publications, including TIME, the National Geographic Magazine, the Washington Post, TED Ideas, Al Jazeera, the New Scientist, the Daily Beast, Business Insider, the New Internationalist Magazine, etc etc. She is also currently serving as the Co-Editor of the Gender & Development journal and is a Consultant Writer & Editor with UN Women. She also works as a writing coach and mentor.

Her first non-fiction book ‘The Lies Our Mothers Told Us’ is forthcoming from Aleph Publishers in 2022.

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Nilanjana’s work centres around issues of gender and social justice and the environment, especially climate change and its effects on different vulnerable communities across the world. She has also extensively covered the COVID-19 crisis and its fallouts on marginalised communities. She began her career as a producer for the BBC’s flagship World Today program on BBC World Service Radio in London. Later she worked for a couple of years at one of India’s largest dailies.

She was TIME Magazine’s South Asia correspondent between 2011-2015 and an editor on Agency EFE’s Asia desk between 2015 and 2018. Nilanjana’s core skills are reporting, background research, editing and audio production (Radio and podcasting). Nilanjana has won three international awards for her work on development and gender and was featured in the National Geographic Magazine’s iconic Women of Impact issue in 2019.