I am an author, LGBTQ inclusion advocate and Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd. where I head the Godrej India Culture Lab. You can buy my new book Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace right here (it was released in August 2020, from Westland Business) and also do check out the updated 2020 edition of my 2008 book - Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications).
The Godrej India Culture Lab is an award winning experimental ideas space. You can read our Culture Lab blog, listen to a podcast, see a video that MTV India shot at our Lab, check out the Elle photoshoot with our Lab team, view my conversation with Sir Ian McKellan, my Twitter Blue Room summary with Sonam Kapoor, or download a white paper that emerged from the Lab - all part of the different things that comprise work. You could also check out our ongoing project Mumbai Culture Map and another recent endeavour, Meme Project India, if you're interesting in being a part of our team, this video will tell you why that is such a good idea!
I serve as part of FICCI's inaugural D&I task force and as a board member of Khoj International Artists’ Association. In the past, I have been a TED Senior Fellow (2018) Yale World Fellow (2014), a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2014), a Utrecht University-Impakt Fellow (2012), and an academy member of the Global Teacher Prize. When I make occasional appearances on lists like the Financial Times “25 Indians to Watch”, India Today's "Independence Special" on GQ's fashion lists, or on national television, my friends, family and former childhood bullies quiver at the possibility of of having a C list celeb in their lives. I suffer from no such delusions myself – on a trip to Sydney to speak at a conference some years ago, I was firmly put in place when I posed with my large sunglasses, diva-like, for the paparazzi waiting at the airport, only to realize that the cameras were flashing for Nicole Richie who was behind me. (Their rudely shoving my trolley aside to get to her was the cherry on the cake!)
When I’m not being slighted by Australian paparazzi, I sometimes present on different aspects of creative and corporate India at forums like INK Women, Women in the World India, Names Not Numbers, Lakme Fashion Week, Society for Human Resource Management, Unbox Festival India Art Fair, the World Economic Forum on Africa (Cape Town), Nokia World (London), Next Media (Banff, Canada), XMedia Lab (Auckland & Sydney), The Wheeler Centre (Melbourne), Brandeis University (Boston), and Digital Natives With A Cause (The Hague, Netherlands). I have also given talks at institutions like Yale University, Berghs School of Communication (Stockholm), George Washington University (Washinton, DC), IIM (Indore), IIT (Gandhinagar) and MICA (Ahmedabad), at corporations like Accenture, Swiss Re, KPMG, Visa, Franklin Templeton, Goldman Sachs and Google India, and at forums like the NASSCOM Diversity Summit or the annual conference of the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India.
I have greatly enjoyed serving as a judge at contests like the British Council's Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year Award India (2008), the Marie Claire 'Made in India' Fashion Awards (2009) and the Miss India Connecticut beauty pageant (2014). I am waiting to be called up to jury duty for Miss Universe. Some day.
Earlier in my career, I worked on new media, venture capital and innovation for Mahindra & Mahindra. My other work experiences have included founding India's first youth website, business development for Sony's Indian television channel operations, writing and editing copy for Elle magazine and the Times of India group and helping make a low-budget feature film. I have two Bachelors degrees from the university of Mumbai – in Commerce and Education, a film diploma from the Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai, and a Masters of Science in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. I started and then dropped out of my PhD program in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at UPenn. Since I suffer from PhD envy, and since so many of my friends have PhDs, I make annual mewing noises about re-enrolling and actually completing my own PhD, but no one seems to take me very seriously about this.
I have some random writing in the Blog section of this website which mostly comprises of the newspaper/magazine articles I write, so check it out. Also, you could see videos of some of my talks and public conversations in the Videos section of this website. Feel free to get in touch, either over email, or using social media. I'm active on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn - follow me there for more recent updates. Thanks.