A Handful of Stories

Reportage on health, science and politics. And some meditations on film


Sohini Chattopadhyay is a journalist, who enjoys long-form reportage, usually 3,000 words and above. She won the Bala Kailasam citation for reporting on the web in 2017, the Ramnath Goenka award for feature writing in 2015 and the 2014 International Red Cross and Press Institute of India prize for humanitarian reporting. In 2015, she was one of only four nominees to be shortlisted for the prestigious ACJ Investigative Journalism Prize. She also won certificates for outstanding reporting at the national RedInk journalism prizes for 2015 and 2014.

Portrait by Zakaria Zainal

She was a long-time writer and editor with OPEN magazine (www.openthemagazine.com) where she co-edited the culture section in one stint, and commissioned features for all sections of the magazine in another stint. She was Robert Bosch media fellowship recipient in Munich in 2017, an Asia Journalism Fellowship winner in Singapore in 2016, and a Chevening journalism fellow in London in 2015.

Her writing has been commissioned by the Guardian, the South China Morning Post, VICE, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Die Tages Zeitung, the web dailies Scroll.in and The Wire.in, VOGUE (India), ELLE, FountainInk and Outlook Traveller magazines, the webzine Yahoo Originals and leading dailies such as The Times of India, The Telegraph and Business Standard.

She is also a keen cook and food anthropologist.In 2011, she won a fully-paid fellowship to work in a restaurant at Hamburg, Germany, and document her experiences on a blog.

She is a perpetual graduate student at heart (for the record, she completed her graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh).

Her hobby is writing about herself in the third person 🙂

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