Hi, I’m Mridu!
I’m a 32-year-old freelance journalist, author, and entrepreneur. I’ve lived and worked from four different continents and several different countries. I currently divide my time between London and New Delhi. I hate moral policing, love nerdy conversations, and am often responsible for the embarrassment caused to family and friends after reading what’s been written about them in national magazines.
Before reaching career nirvana as a freelance journo, I spent a year as a corporate slave working nine-to-five in a four-by-four excuse for a cubicle. Luckily, I came to my senses pretty soon and gave up my formal attire and make-up for sweatpants and dark circles.
Since then, I’ve managed to convince editors at The New York Times, TIME, CNN, ABC News, The Independent, GlobalPost, Elle, Vogue, Ms., and several other publications to publish my musings. (You can see my portfolio on my personal website.)
My assignments have required me to trek up and down the tsunami-ravaged coast of India, live with Tibetan nuns, interview coffin makers in Ghana, learn how mobile phones are designed in the US, and much more.
In addition to over 700+ bylines, my career has allowed me to acquire a husband, a child, a dog, and a cat.
I started this website because I ran a blog on my personal website in which I spoke about my travels and the freelancing life and thousands of readers later, it took on a life of its own and became an advice and how-to blog. I realized that writers, especially international freelancers who don’t have access to many of the resources US and UK-based writers do, need a place to call their own, a safe forum in which to find like-minded people and a community they can trust. Likewise, US-based writers ask me all the time about opportunities available globally, about reporting abroad, or selling their work into European and Asian markets. They too, need an international community to support them. My goal is to make this website that community.
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