Revati Laul — Tehelka

Revati Laul
Revati  Laul

Revati Laul has been a television journalist and documentary film maker for most of her 16 year career. Ten of those were spent in NDTV where her reports included everything from the aftermath of the Gujarat riots to following truck drivers into ULFA infested Assam. Then about a year and a half ago, she decided to tell her stories in indelible ink instead. Most people said she made an upside down decision but she firmly believes she's found food for the soul. She was hired by Tehelka to write on politics. For her this does not mean tracking the big fish but looking closely at how the tiny fish are getting swallowed and by whom. On most days though, she can be found conversing on her other two favourite subjects - fornication and food. Fiction is another friend of hers. A short story she wrote called `Drool' was published in an anthology of young fiction by Zubaan. She is also founder member of the NGO 'Tara' that looks after underpriviledged children.

Blogs By Revati Laul

Mr Advani, How Do You Reckon?

Mr Advani, How Do You Reckon?

0 June 12, 2013 in Current Affairs

We are by and large a sentimental people. And now’s a particularly good time to mention it since the picture of an old patriarch heading one of India’s largest and oldest parties being pushed out by a brash new leadership is before us. Even people who hate him are saying […]

The Devil In The Detail

The Devil In The Detail

0 May 22, 2013 in Culture & Society

When you spot it, it’s like a mini-triumph, especially when it overturns everything the person speaking to you is trying to tell you. In the times we live in, nothing can give you away more easily than the brand of cellphone you carry, if you’re a cop in eastern UP. […]

From madness to civilisation

From madness to civilisation

3 December 18, 2012 in Current Affairs

I am a 70s kid, which means that by the time I could watch movies, it was about 1977.A time when Hindi movies showed rape scenes as both provocative and tantalising. So much so that I used to play with my cousin and we wore our toy saris and I’d […]

Why Do We Deify Our Dead?

Why Do We Deify Our Dead?

27 November 19, 2012 in Current Affairs

For a country that has countless traditions to help people cope with death, from pujas to death ceremonies; each time a public figure dies, we go into collective denial and amnesia. With only one sensory perception working, death equals eulogy. And so, for an entire day and a half, television […]

Obamanomics and Us

Obamanomics and Us

7 November 9, 2012 in Current Affairs

Winter sickness can be seriously psychologically damaging, especially if it means you end up on your parents’ couch to recover, instead of your own; on a day when the US election results are declared on TV. And as you and your mother concur with, “Thank God Obama won,” and your […]

Arvind Kejriwal, Please Answer This

Arvind Kejriwal, Please Answer This

14 October 10, 2012 in Current Affairs

This blog has been withdrawn by its author as it did not sit within the framework of Tehelka blogs  - Editor

Why I Write and Other Such Existential Dilemmas

Why I Write and Other Such Existential Dilemmas

20 October 5, 2012 in Musings

On any given day, you’ll find me flopped out on my bright blue couch at home wondering, 16 years of media and writing in, what the hell I’m doing, whether I should just switch tracks and enter the Masterchef contest instead. Or play the piano. I read so sporadically, I […]

Seduction and Betrayal

Seduction and Betrayal

3 October 1, 2012 in Musings

“I can’t believe you’re breaking up with me just because of what I said about Pakistan,” said a hysterical 25 year old who I had just broken up with. It was the year 2001 and he had texted me from Bombay, half in jest,  at a time when relations between […]

Lies, Lies and Statistics

Lies, Lies and Statistics

20 September 19, 2012 in Current Affairs

At a Cambridge University summit, a fiery Brinda Karat shot daggers at the  Pranob Sen of the Planning Commission, saying all they were about is lies, lies and statistics. Outside the icy cold corridors of power and the Taj Hotel where the summit took place, another web of lies, lies […]

Closure

Closure

12 September 13, 2012 in Musings

There are some stories in the life of a reporter that they wish they never had to tell. In June this year, we all lost a colleague and friend at Tehelka. Even though I didn’t know him well, what I did know was beautiful and precious, and inexplicably snuffed out. […]

The Fat Lady Sings

The Fat Lady Sings

26 September 6, 2012 in Musings

There are two things about me that hit a stranger first. I’m fat and I have a very loud mouth. But the rest of my face somehow always gets ahead of these two things and shoots out an instant message: You can say anything! This space is yours! A fortnight […]