Aparna Alluri

Aparna is a freelance reporter based in India. She has an honors degree in History from Delhi University and a diploma from the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, India. She has worked for the Hindu, an Indian daily and Frontline, a fortnightly magazine from the same group. During her stint as a full-time correspondent, she covered, among other things, local polls, the aftermath of floods in southern India and separatist agitation in Andhra Pradesh. As a freelancer she has written for Housecalls, an Indian magazine and reported for Himal South Asian on the state of Burmese refugees in India. She is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi.

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Chandni Gautam, above, is one of the first of her kind; a female cab driver in India. Gautam works for a company employing and...