Ajachi Chakrabarti — Tehelka

Ajachi Chakrabarti
Ajachi  Chakrabarti

Ajachi Chakrabarti joined Tehelka as a correspondent in July 2012. His journalistic career came at the end of four surreal years spent studying mechanical engineering at BITS Goa (and constantly having to explain to people that yes, people do study in Goa), at the end of which he decided to follow his first love: writing. He reports largely on public protests as well as social and policy issues. He is based in New Delhi.

Blogs By Ajachi Chakrabarti

Blog #1

Blog #1

0 June 1, 2013 in Culture & Society

Mark Shuttleworth is a fairly run-of-the-mill tech entrepreneur. He’s been a space tourist after making his millions selling his internet security consulting company at the height of the dot com boom. He’s got a self-indulgent job title: he’s the Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator For Life (SABDFL) of the Ubuntu community. He’s […]

Uranium Film Festival: Capturing Fallout

Uranium Film Festival: Capturing Fallout

1 January 17, 2013 in Culture & Society

“I am now in this place where you should never come. We call it Onkalo. Onkalo means ‘hiding place’. In my time it is not yet finished, though work began in the 20th century, when I was just a child. Work will be completed in the 22nd century, long after […]

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

0 December 3, 2012 in Culture & Society

“It’s a weird and wonderful world if you come from Wimbledon.” John Motson’s words from 1988, when the “Crazy Gang” from Wimbledon FC beat the “Culture Club,” Liverpool, in the finals of the FA Cup, couldn’t be further from the truth on Sunday evening, when one of the biggest sporting […]

The Man With A Plan

The Man With A Plan

1 October 24, 2012 in Current Affairs

I met Sandeep Kumar in the sea of muck that was Ramlila Maidan. Indra had not been kind to Baba Ramdev the day before, raining on his latest hunger strike with all his might. As he had once again postponed announcing his future plans in the morning, I’d been sent […]

Can a debate win you an election or maybe a smile?

Can a debate win you an election or maybe a smile?

0 October 18, 2012 in Current Affairs

There are few things I will consent to wake up for before 7 AM. The Boxing Day Test (if India or England are playing), a situation where there’s a present waiting for me (though my snarky comments questioning the existence of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy put an end […]

The only one of this kind

The only one of this kind

0 September 29, 2012 in Musings

Yesterday, I went home after work and curled up in bed with The Glittering Man. All day, I had been trying to battle through writer’s block and produce yet another blogpost critiquing Manmohan Singh’s somnolent address to the nation. Then I found The Glittering Man. Unlike the others in the […]

Lyngdon’t

Lyngdon’t

7 September 18, 2012 in Current Affairs

There are far worse ways to spend a Wednesday night than attend a student union presidential debate at the People’s Republic of JNU. Once it does start – wisely, the organisers did not advertise a start time, only saying it would start “after dinner”, thus eliminating any chance of being […]

The movie that launched a thousand riots (or one)

The movie that launched a thousand riots (or one)

12 September 12, 2012 in Culture & Society

It is 11:20 pm at Sapna Cinema. I have decided to watch and review Raaz 3D (the things a cub reporter has to do to earn a living!) at a single screen theatre because (1) I’m completely broke and cannot afford to watch it in, well, 3D, and (2) The […]

Who doesn’t want to believe a fairytale?

Who doesn’t want to believe a fairytale?

5 September 4, 2012 in Sports

Perhaps the thing that troubled me most about Lance Armstrong’s capitulation to the USADA is not that it is an implicit confession to doping, but that he gave up. The man who had said “Pain is temporary; quitting lasts forever,” had quit. And it will last forever. I was 10 […]