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Monday , July 08, 2013

Uttarakhand floods: Reporting a tragedy


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There are two questions I have been asked often, after my return from a reporting assignment on the flash floods in Uttarakhand. "How bad was the scale of destruction?" "As a journalist did you not interfere with the rescue operations?" People have asked this with a mix of curiosity, shock at the devastating tragedy and also sometimes with contempt towards the visual media. 18th June 2013, 11:30 am, Delhi Arpit, my cameraperson and I left Delhi for Uttarakhand unclear about the magnitude of devastation. As we drove through Rishikesh towards the foothills of the Himalayas, the tragedy slowly unfolded itself. Massive destruction caused by the flash floods to lives and livelihoods was of a scale very few people had witnessed before. As we travelled I felt that it was almost at one brutal stroke, almost everything in the path of the river had been erased, wiped away. The tragedy....


Saturday , June 09, 2012

The human rights of a soldier


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May 15th 1999. Must have been just another ordinary day in our lives. I must have gone to school, played with my friends and probably done all those things which a child living in a free and safe world is entitled to. But while I was enjoying my freedom, securing it for me was a patrolling team of six soldiers led by 22-year-old Capt Saurabh Kalia in the Kaksar region of Kargil. Those were the initial days of the 1999 Kargil war. Capt Saurabh Kalia and his men were probably not expecting to encounter a huge number of Pakistani army men and might not have even realised that they would be easily outnumbered. The six men must have put up a brave fight before being finally taken as prisoners of war. What happened to them after that changed the course of the Kargil war. Capt Saurabh Kalia and his....


Thursday , December 20, 2007

Andaman: The perfect tonic for new year


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I'm not one of those travelers who gets impressed by a place very soon...neither am I one of those who'd call just any hill station or sea side a paradise...to be precise I'm a critical traveler... So when I finally decided to take my year ending break...I researched for a place that would have true nature, less of commercialisation and touristy attractions...I needed a place that would let me be on my own. I finally settled for a small island called Havelock on the Andaman Sea... After my 3-hour ferry ride from Portblair when I finally got to the little island...my critical eye scanned the place...small little bamboo shacks facing the isolated silvery beach...and an entire expanse of unending clear blue sea...this place was definitely different from all rather similar beach resort holidays. I'd finally found my paradise. I spent my days relaxing on....


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More about Priyali Sur

Priyali Sur is a Special Correspondent and Anchor with CNN IBN. She anchors the breakfast show – Breakfast with India, and has also anchored CNN IBN's prime time weekend shows such as YNOT and Living it Up. After graduating from St Xavier's, Kolkata, she did her masters in Mass Communication. She loves working on long-format shows and has to her credit many half hour documentaries. Priyali loves to look at the world through the lens of her DSLR camera and likes to spend all her free time with her dogs.
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