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  • author and a journalist. 
  • former Editor of mainstream daily newspapers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. 
  • His first novel, The Urban Jungle, was published by Penguin Books in 2011 and he has also co-edited an anthology titled Insider/Outsider. 
  • Some of his short stories have appeared in translation in German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. 
  • Samrat was the Asian Leadership Fellow from India at the International House of Japan in Tokyo in 2018 and a Chevening Scholar at the University of Westminster, London, in 2019. 
  • journalistic writings have appeared in Granta in the UK, The Japan Times in Japan, The New York Times online, The Times of India, The Hindu, Outlook Magazine & many others



  • early years in Shillong
  • memories of the ‘complicated  times’ growing up here
  • road to journalism & challenges of coming from a small town
  • memories of early days in journalism
  • his days as editor of major newspapers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru
  • about his books - The Urban Jungle and ‘Insider/Outsider’.
  • Meghalaya turning 50 next year – his thoughts on where we are and where we’re headed? 
  • Recounting of Meghalaya’s early history
  • Things that he misses most about Meghalaya
  • Upcoming projects


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