All posts by Shillpi A Singh

About Shillpi A Singh

I am a part-time procaeffinator and full-time writer. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I started my career as a journalist in the early noughties and worked in various capacities in leading national publications - The Asian Age, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times (as it was then), India Today - across New Delhi and Mumbai for more than 15 years. I dabbled in corporate communications with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development in Mumbai and again at TERI, New Delhi. I returned to the fold as a freelance journalist in 2016 and over the past few years, I have contributed to many newspapers and magazines including: The Free Press Journal, Mumbai, New Delhi Gaon Connection, Lucknow The New Indian Express, Chennai The Morning Standard, New Delhi India Perspectives, MEA’s magazine Shubh Yatra, Air India’s in-flight magazine Vistara, Air Vistara’s in-flight magazine Rail Bandhu, Indian Railways’ onboard magazine TruJetter, Tru Jet Airlines’ in-flight magazine, a US-based news website, an online magazine for women The Times of Amma, an online magazine for women DailyO, an online website, a news portal, an online magazine, an online magazine, an online magazine Today, I am an Independent Writer, Content Creator, Freelance Editor and Proofreader, Publicist, Translator and Subtitler. I have completed the translation and editing of Dr Akhilesh Kumar's book based on Namwar Singh’s Doosri Parampara Ki Khoj; to be published by Sahitya Akademi in 2022. I have handled the Press and Publicity for filmmaker-author Devashish Makhija’s novel for young adults, Oonga, and his short films, Cycle and Cheepatakadumpa. IMDB credits as Shillpi Singh (; (;( I also run my parenting website,, and a YouTube channel @BharatKiKhoj. I mostly write to while away my time and at times to explore the devilry of my idle mind, on anything and everything that tickles my grey matter. I hold a PG Degree in English Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and Post Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Brand Management from MICA, Ahmedabad.

Let’s Talk

… because healthy relationships are built on uncomfortable conversations!

If writing is catharsis, this is one for me. I wrote it as a vexed mother whose children are growing up. It appeared in The Free Press Journal, Mumbai, in its edition dated April 16, 2023.

Vanishing Tongues

The article was published in the edition dated November 6, 2022.

International Yoga Day: Yoga A Day Is A Sure Shot Way To Keep Sickness Away

International Yoga Day Special featured in The Free Press Journal.

Dad’s the word!

This Father’s Day Special piece for The Free Press Journal was published on June 19, 2022.

Appy to Date? Not Actually!

The article was published in The Free Press Journal, Mumbai, edition dated May 22, 2022.

In some measure, Dhruv Sehgal’s I Love Thane in Amazon Prime’s latest anthology Modern Love Mumbai is a cautionary tale on the trappings of a dating app, its trials and tribulations and the emotional toll it takes on a person when things don’t go as ‘planned’. The 34-year-old protagonist, landscape architect Saiba, played by Masaba Gupta, is caught in the dating app loop, spending a lot of time and energy hopeful about finding love just by swiping right. Her expectations from a prospective date are different, and she fails to find the perfect match in the app universe. The emotionally excruciating process gives her self-doubt and humiliation in abundance, as she admits in one scene, but then she starts the grind all over again in the hope of finding that elusive love and Mr Right. On one of her Date Zero, where she meets a hotshot startup founder whom she had never met in person before starts listing out the must-have qualities in the prospective life partner. His long monologue is greeted with her blank, bleak stare. The camera zooms in to capture the disappointment in Saiba’s gaze and matches it with that of another woman sitting a few tables away and out on a date as well; the women exchange a glance of blighted hope, equally let down by their respective dates. The fleeting moment elucidates the dating app plot that often makes one feel like a square peg in a round hole, with many misses before that one hit.     

(The frames that tell the story… from I Love Thane in Modern Love Mumbai, currently streaming on Amazon Prime.)

A drippy medical fad?

The article was published on April 17, 2022, in the weekend edition.

National Safe Motherhood Day 2022: Maternal health matters

National Safe Motherhood Day Special carried in The Free Press Journal on April 10, 2022.

Oasis of Hope

World Water Day special for The Free Press Journal published on March 20, 2022.

The Ecofeminist Warrior

The ethos of Padma Shri recipient Shyam Sunder Paliwal’s life revolves around water, daughter and trees. A resident of Rajsamund district in Rajasthan, Paliwal is the architect of the Piplantri Model that hinges on water conservation, environment protection and saving the girl child.

“It was not too long ago that the district was known as a hub of marble mining. When I took over as Sarpanch of Piplantari, I found that the water here was severely contaminated. The poor sex ratio was another worry. The winds of change began to blow when we started an initiative to plant 111 saplings to celebrate the birth of a girl child across the villages, nurture and help the tree thrive. Slowly, the rural communities had realised that the trees that would grow from these humble efforts would help the environment in more than one way. Simultaneously, we started water conservation efforts like building small check dams,” says Paliwal, founder of Kiran Nidhi Sansthan, a grassroots organisation committed to rural development. 

Padma Shri Shyam Sunder Paliwal

His initiative brought about a visible social change and helped water and environmental conservation in Piplantari. More than three lakh trees have been planted here in the last ten years, and the water level has increased to 50 feet from 500 feet. “It is heartening to see my penance bear fruits. It has been a long and arduous journey spread over the last two decades. We never dithered but stayed put, instilled confidence in the people and won their trust to do this wonder here. It was possible because the community came forward and pitched its support to these initiatives for tree plantation, water conservation and saving the girl child,” he says.

But the work is far from over. The much-celebrated water warrior’s Piplantari Model is the perfect medium to convey the message to others, and many Panchayats and village heads are following in his footsteps.    

He will continue his work on these three fronts all around the desert state and elsewhere in the country because it is an ongoing process. “There can never be enough of these measures to save the environment from climate change. We need to do more, all the more,” he emphasises.


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