I am Vangmayi Parakala, a print and visual journalist.
The diverse people of India, my home country, and the complex societal fabric they navigate daily, inspire and inform my journalism.
So far, I’ve had the opportunity to report in Delhi, Kolkata, Havana, and Chicago, writing stories across beats including art, visual culture and books, and an intersection of youth, education, media, and social policy.
Currently at The Hindu, I write on art, language and literature, and youth-cultures. The aim is to do so in a way that a place’s socio-cultural realities become accessible to a global audience.
In November 2018, I was accepted into the Out of Eden Walk & National Geographic Society’s Slow Journalism Workshop where I was mentored by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek and visual journalist Arati Kumar Rao.
I earned my Master’s degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. My work has been published in Literary Hub, the Hindustan Times, Pacific Standard, and Mint Lounge.