👋 Hey, this is Samarth. I write words and code.
I am a journalist, writer, coder and self-appointed observer of the human condition. This is my home on the Internet. Thank you for dropping by.
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.
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📍Born and raised in New Delhi, now based in Landour (Mussoorie), a stunningly beautiful mountain town in the lower Western Himalayas.
❤️ I love reading, drinking coffee, dancing, taking care of my body, and walking leisurely amidst 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, philosophy, epistemology, technology, media, and human nature. I 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 then.
❌ No full-time gigs.
😌 I spend most of my time reading, thinking and writing for myself, not for the world to read.
📰 Founding Editor of Truth Be Told, a health publication launched by The Whole Truth Foods in August 2022. We publish deep-dive stories to contextualise and explain complicated ideas around food and fitness and help our readers navigate this maze called "health". So they can make better decisions and live healthier. One story a week.
👨💻 Data Science Consultant with defog.ai where I run statistical experiments with GPT models.