How do I become a sports journalist?
I often get asked how to go about getting into journalism. It is very tough these days with print media shrinking and the broadcast media under financial pressure. But at the same time the internet brings new opportunities. If you can go on a short journalism course, I am sure you will find it very useful. Avoid media studies courses. The best advice I can give would be to write as much as you can and read as much as you possibly can too. Look to see what sort of stories appear where and see whether you think you could write something which might be slightly different but which might appeal in style to the particular publication or outlet. Keep writing and sending off ideas. Good luck.
What are your views on cricket?
The best way I can think of giving my views on cricket is by pointing you in the direction of my book A Maidan View – The Magic of Indian Cricket.
Which are your favourite articles?
My writing has allowed me to express myself over a wide range of issues, something I have always wanted to do. I like to write around subjects that I follow so I am interested in how sport fits into society today and I am fascinated by India’s involvement in the Second World War.
I was born in India but I moved to the UK as I was attracted to the more meritocratic society here. Having now spent most of my life in England, I am intrigued by how Indians and the English interact.