Sample Work

This section features a  sample selection of  Vani’s reports published during her years as a professional journalist in India and as an independent journalist in New York City. This listing is by no means exhaustive and links to more published reports can be provided as and when needed.  The listing is not chronological and is by order of importance.

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NEW YORK DESPATCHES

INTERNATIONAL:

THE TSUNAMI FILES

(Note: The new website of  The New Indian Express is yet to incorporate archived material dating more than four years back. The work is in progress and weblinks should be available soon. Once that happens, they will be featured here too. To view reports, click on thumbnails to enlarge)


A series of reports filed for The New Indian Express on the tsunami that hit the Eastern coast of India on 26 December, 2004 and what followed later.  The southern state of Tamil Nadu was among the worst affected with more than 8,000 people dead and several others reported missing in the coastal regions of Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Kanyakumari and Chennai. In the week that followed after the disaster, these reports focussed on the human face of the tragedy, beyond just statistics. The first report, seen below, was filed immediately after the tidal waves struck.

  • Chennai, December 26,2004: Tsunamis hit Chennai

  • Chennai, December 27, 2004:  Epidemic threat haunts battered coast.

  • Nagapattinam, December 31: Nowhere to go for Nagai’s orphans.

A day after this report was published, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced that the government would open its own orphanages for tsunami-affected children. Details here.

  • Vailankanni/Nagapattinam, January 2, 2005: Waves of terror lash Vailankanni’s haunted beaches.

  • Nagapattinam, January 4: Touts, thugs grab share of relief pie.

  • Nagapattinam, January 6: Personal tragedies provide fodder for cameras in Nagapattinam.

LIFE AFTER TSUNAMI

A month after the tsunami struck and the first phase of relief and rescue operations had been completed, I made my second tour along the Tamil Nadu coast, starting from the southernmost tip–Kanyakumari–to the capital city of Chennai–to report on how survivors were piecing together their lives. These reports showcase extraordinary stories of survival in the face of the one of the biggest natural calamities to have befallen this part of the world in the last two centuries. The Life after Tsunami series, which ran in The New Indian Express, continues to be one of my best received efforts.

February 1, 2005:

  • Kanyakumari: Child survivors ready to dare sea again.

February 3, 2005

  • Kanyakumari: Religion provides a healing touch to battered Kumari.

February 5, 2005

  • Nagapattinam: When their dreams came crashing down in the wave.

February 8, 2005

  • Nagapattinam: Ravaged by Nature, rebuffed by geography.

February 10, 2005:

  • Cuddalore: Tsunami provides a sea of opportunity to Pudukuppam.

February 14, 2005

  • Chennai: Women power comes to the fore.

TSUNAMI REVISITED

A year later, I toured the Cuddalore district– which had been the beneficiary of a massive partnership between the government, international agencies and voluntary organisations– to see if rehabilitation efforts were paying off the ground and how the affected communities had coped in the meanwhile. Another series of reports followed, this time for The Hindu, where I was working as Special Correspondent.

Another year and I was back in Cuddalore again,  this time accompanying tennis ace Roger Federer, who was visiting the tsunami areas as UNICEF’s goodwill amabassador, and was witness to the unique bonding between the champion player and the tsunami orphans.

ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE:

REPORTS USED AS RESOURCE MATERIAL:

United Nations Environment Programme:

Centre for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sanctuary Asia

Wikipedia

The Public Relations Resource Centre, New Zealand

CMS ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India

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