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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bhaswati Gosh

Hello! I am Bhaswati Ghosh, the person behind Talk Text. A little about me and my work:

Working across a wide range of writing/editing related job profiles over the past eleven years has helped me develop a variety of writing styles. I have worked in television (news and features) as an assistant producer writing scripts for news stories, as a content developer for a children’s portal, and in editorial positions at a couple of publishing houses. I have a master’s degree in English literature.

My working style is transparent and collaborative. I always keep the channels of communication open with people I work for. This helps me receive feedback at every stage of a particular assignment and keeps the clients satisfied. A win-win scenario for you and me.

Qualified as Master of Arts in English from Annamalai University .
Graduated as Bachelor of Journalism from Delhi University .


Working as a freelance editorial consultant for students applying for higher studies abroad. Work involves editing student essays and providing consultation to students regarding the same.


Writing promotional articles for print publication.


1. Worked as a producer in ANI—a South-Asia based television news agency working in collaboration with Reuters.

2. Worked in Sahara India Television Network as Assistant Producer in the News and Current Affairs department.

3. Worked with Business India Television International (BITV) as Assistant Producer (NEWS) for a period of two and a half years.

4. Worked with Etcetera Communications, New Delhi as an Editorial Executive for two television shows—Writers at Work, and The Arts Quiz Show.


Worked as a Senior Writer with ‘Pitara Kids Network’.


* Feature story, On Angels' Wings
Published in Letters to My Mother anthology, Adams Media, F+W Publications.
* Feature article on writing memoirs
Published in ByLine Magazine , USA .
* Feature article on Modern School , New Delhi
Published in Teenage Buzz magazine, Orange , CA , USA .
* Feature article on the surfeit of news channels on Indian television
Published in Chowk—an online platform for debate and discussion on
issues concerning South Asia .
* Feature article on the state of theatre auditoria in Delhi
Published in The Pioneer.
* Review of a play by the Summer Theatre Workshop, Bal Bhawan, Delhi
Published in The Times of India.
* Feature article on contemporary Punjabi theatre and culture in the capital
Published in The Times of India.
* Interview with author Upamanyu Chatterjee
Published in The Times of India.
* Feature article on regional theatre in Delhi
Published in The Pioneer.

This month I am celebrating two years of my work-at-home status. There’s reason for celebration, too. Besides enabling me to earn from the convenience of my bedroom desktop (or any-room laptop, as the case may be), these two years have seen me gain good health—something that eluded me during my decade-long affair with office jobs. The past two years have revealed to me how working at home can actually be a godsend when it comes to acquiring a healthy lifestyle. I have discovered that freelancers working from homes have an edge over their office-going counterparts in the keeping healthy department.

From Calling in Sick... Permanently
WHY (Work.Home.You) Magazine, Nov-Dec 2007

Writing about your past can be painful and scary in places. Some of it may be hard to even write out, let alone share with the world. Don't let that make you selective about memory; that's only a form of denial in my opinion. The resulting book may be superbly written, but it won't be sincere. And that will show. Rather, like a talented writer friend of mine always suggests, "Write as if no one will ever read your book." Be uninhibited and non-judgmental. Many writers will attest to the cathartic powers of writing. This is particularly true in the case of memoir writing. Show integrity to your vocation as a writer; even if it hurts, do put it down on paper. You may be startled to find out how liberating that can be. Not only that; writing with abandon would make you more compassionate toward others. No matter how biased you are; when you observe your story from a distance (created by time), you end up getting a better perspective on others' actions that may have seemed repugnant and hurtful at the time they happened.

From Penning the Past
ByLine Magazine, January 2007

For more than five decades, she has kept her date with Indian masses and classes alike. She’s bulky and imposing, accomodating and comfortable, steady and faithful. No wonder, in an age when things change within a matter of seconds, she has held court unfailingly. Meet the Ambassador or ‘Amby’ as she is affectionately called, India’s very own brand of car. She happens to be one of the most important icons of post-independence India, with the honour of being the official carrier of the country’s politicians and bureaucrats. She is to India what Chevrolet is to America and Holden to Australia. The only thing foreign about her is the original design, which was based on the British Morris Oxford of 1948.

From What’s in a Car? India’s Tryst with Amby
Dispatch Literary Ezine, June 2006

Every morning, a large human mass gravitates toward various offices in the bustling Connaught Place (CP), the most happening commercial center in New Delhi, India’s capital city. Amidst this giant mass of office goers stream in a few thousand young people, ready to shape their future in a place called Modern School. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, this expansive structure is hardly as imposing as many of the buildings in the area. But for more reasons than one, it stands out.

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