👋 Hey, this is Samarth. I write words and code.
I am a journalist, computer programmer, and self-appointed observer of the human condition. This is my home on the Internet. Thank you for dropping by.
📰 I am focused on building the future of news, journalism and knowledge production in India. The journalistic method is not — and has never been — perfect. But rigorous, fact-based and data-informed reporting, with scientific integrity, can help us understand the impossibly complex world we live in, hold the powerful accountable, and seek the truth. That's the goal of the work I do.
🌐 On this site, you can find my blog, links to published work, archives of The Interval (my newsletter, currently on pause) and ways to contact me.
📍Born and brought up in New Delhi. Now based in Landour (Mussourie), a stunningly beautiful mountain town in the lower Western Himalayas.
❤️ Love reading non-fiction, drinking coffee, dancing, exercising (i.e. taking care of my body), and walking leisurely amid trees and hills. Blessed with an addiction to freedom and solitude.
💡I live for big ideas and small details. Always nerding out on statistics, writing, moral philosophy, epistemology, technology, media and human nature. Enjoy finding cross-disciplinary patterns to make sense of the world.
👨🎓 Spent my undergrad learning the fundamentals of math, engineering and computer science at IIT Kanpur. Worked at a tech startup. Revamped the student magazine. Had a lot of fun. Graduated in 2015.
💼 Worked as a reporter with The Hindu and Hindustan Times. In 2018, spent life-changing five months as a reporting fellow with The Wall Street Journal's investigative team in New York. Left full-time work in January 2019. Freelancing and working independently since.