About

Hello! I’m a freelance reporter, oral historian and photographer based in Washington, D.C.

Many of my articles have been published in The Washington Post, India Abroad and UrbanTurf. I also have started writing personal essays, and was lucky to publish one in The New York Times. I was also awarded a fellowship by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2021.

My book, a chronicle of 70 years of development and gentrification in D.C., told through oral history, will be published by The History Press in late 2021. You can find it here.

Until 2013, my name was Shilpi Paul. That person wrote for The Indian American magazine, News-India Times, and The Internationalist magazine throughout the 2000s, taught a high school journalism class for 5 years, and taught adults how to prepare for the GRE and GMAT for almost a decade.