ABOUT SHOMA CHAUDHURY
Shoma Chaudhury is an award-winning journalist, editor, curator. And founder of Lucid Lines, an independent ideas, events, and intellectual properties company. Currently hosts a podcast called ENQUIRY, and a live conversation series called IGNITION.
She was picked by Newsweek in 2011 as one of “150 women who shake the world”. Was invited to deliver the Gandhi Oration in Sydney in 2018, the first Indian to do so. Has been awarded the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism, the Ramnath Goenka award and the Chameli Devi Award for Best Woman Journalist for — in the words of the citation — “going where angels fear to tread”.
Combines entrepreneurial and leadership skills with sharp editorial acumen, and a gift for communication across print, TV, and digital mediums. Has built a large body of work in defence of an open and free society. Has helmed several media outfits and has a track record for curating distinctive, high-quality thought leadership events.
Conversations @ IGNITION
Lawyers J Sai Deepak & Saurabh Kirpal argue same-sex marriage
Two high profile Supreme Court lawyers debate a crucial question: who has the right to change a society’s norms? Governments or courts? Can societies claim red lines on how we eat, pray, love?Read More
Photographer Rohit Chawla on people, places and prisoners of hair
From the politics of hair & women resisting the most fundamental of imprisonments to pictures of the mighty & the maverick. Watch star photographer, ROHIT CHAWLA — the first Indian to win the Golden Lion at Cannes — share his arresting body of work.Read More
Linguist GN Devy takes us through 12000 years of India
An unprecedented kaleidoscope. Master linguist G. N. DEVY — who’s tracked India’s 780 languages — on his staggering new undertaking – The Indians: Histories of a civilisation.Read More
Conversations On ENQUIRY
Piercing insight. Legend Garry Kasparov on Putin, Russian psyche, why we’re at war
The language of war has changed, and unlike chess, there's no possibility for a tie. Kasparov explains how the free world's response to Russia's invasion fell short. And why dictators play geopolitics like poker, not chess.Read More
Actress Sonali Bendre on Broken News, fighting cancer, mind shifts, & loving life
Making her OTT debut on Zee 5's "Broken News", Bendre speaks about her resurrection as an artist. Her re-evaluation of beauty and self-perception. And what means to be more truthful in her craft and life.Read More
Best kind of interviewer
3-time Pulitzer winner
Indomitable spirit. Formidable knowledge
Gifted communicator. Intelligent. Fearless. Am a fan!
Director, Indian Express
Superb! We need your kind of dialogue based on data and facts
Chairman, Ambuja Neotia
Such a hallmark of excellence
Olympic gold winner
Amazing platform! Felt fortunate to be on it
Mind-opening & insightful!
Actor, Cancer Survivor
Tamil Nadu, Finance Minister
Fascinating. Love the fresh perspectives
Chancellor, University of New South Wales
Heartfelt. And thought-provoking
These conversations are wonderful. You are such a pro!
Excellent interview with Vikram Sampath. Have shared it
MONTEK SINGH AHLUWALIA
Excellent interview with Sir Malcolm Grant
CEO, Niti Aayog
Need more thought-provoking conversations like yours!
Former Chief Election Commissioner
You’ve taken the art of interviews to a higher level. Congratulations. Other interviewers are mostly mediocre
Just brilliant Shoma! I’ve been waxing eloquent about Enquiry
I watch your interviews with great interest. Amazing work
L Catterton, Singapore
Excellent interview with Tom. You had me hooked, Shoma!
Congratulations, Shoma. A fascinating & insightful series
Chancellor, Univ New South Wales, Sydney
Lots of good talks and interesting topics, Shoma. Kudos
You’re a star on earth! You always outdo yourself!
Founder, Chimes Group
You are unstoppable, Shoma! As always, great work!
Excellent interview with the Taliban. What a coup! Kudos!
MD, Sequoia Capital
Excellent interviews. I shall always remain a fan of yours
Clinical psychologist, Director, CSDS
I learn so much from your interviews. The one with Robi Damelin was truly remarkable. Congratulations!
Your interviews are very absorbing. Kara Swisher is superb
I enjoy your high-class interviews very much! You should be interviewed for your fine mind (and politics)
Former Chairman, Boston Consulting Group
Shoma , your interviews should be in every language!
RAKEYSH OMPRAKASH MEHRA
Excellent interview with Tom Friedman, Shoma
Your interview with Tom was brilliant! Nicely argued!
CEO, Synergy Asset Management, Geneva
Shoma, loved your conversation with Jairam on the Buddha!
My compliments on a wonderful exchange with Jairam
Political leader, polymath
Each interview outdoes the last! The Fareed one is a class act!
Former CEO, The Hindustan Times
Excellent conversation on Ukraine. Must compliment you
diplomat, ambassador to the US
Shoma, you’re simply fascinating. Always have the most sensational topics!
Model, South Africa
Your interviews are gripping! You have the makings of a great teacher! Powerful, incisive, and brilliant!
Director, IIM, Kozhikode
You’re truly the finest in conversations. Fearless. Intelligent. Feisty
Head, Corp Comm, The Indian Express
Shoma, I have an idol! You explode my mind! Brilliant!
Outstanding. Excellent conversation with PS Raghavan!
Head, Wealth Management, IndusInd Bank
Shoma, you are rocking it! From Taliban to Naomi Klein!
Former CEO, Asia, Coke
The diversity & intelligence of your interviews are unparalleled
Brand Strategist, NTU, Singapore
Big fan of your interviewing style, Shoma
journalist, Wall Street Journal
Wonderful work, Shoma. Truly, we need journalists like you!
Outstanding interviews, Shoma! Thanks for keeping the conversations at a cerebral & thoughtful level
Dean, American University, UAE
Your Interviews are excellent. More power to you