About me

I am a journalist, into my 28th year. Started with the Free Press Journal as an apprentice; then with the Indian Post as a reporter and editor of the Arts and Oped pages. From there to Mid-Day Publications, first as Chief Feature Writer, then as Features Editor. Then Sunday Observer, as Senior Editor in charge of the magazine section plus sports.

With a group of six other journalists, I then joined Rediff.com to start the website, in December 1995 — it was India’s first ever web-only news service, one of the earliest in the world to not have a print or TV arm.

Between late 2001 and end 2006, I was posted in New York as Editor of India Abroad, the community paper for the Indian American community. I returned to Rediff as its Editorial Director; then joined Yahoo as Managing Editor for India.

I quit Yahoo in November 2014 and have been freelancing since. I also started a site — peepli.org — for deep reporting on environmental, water, climate change and refugees issues, for which I am currently seeking investment.




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  2. Dear Prem,

    I am Sakina and I work in the marketing team of The Four Fountains Spa. The Four Fountains Spa is India’s largest chain of affordable day spas and we are located across 10 cities. I just went through your blog and it was a wonderful read. It was something interesting and refreshing to browse through.

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  4. Hon’ble Sir, I respect you as senior journalist and have a lot of regard for your guileless work in your field. Sir, I have a real agonizing story depicting barbarism, corruption and criminal conspiracy by white collar people in our civilized society.Media is under pressure of ruling party and I have something big to expose. Would you bless me with your help and guidelines.
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  6. Hello Prem,

    I’ve been an avid follower of you on twitter and I love your unique take on the game as much as the game itself! It’s why I would like you to participate in the hunt for the new voice of cricket.

    I work with an advertising agency called SapientNitro and I’m getting in touch with you to see if you would be interested in the work we’re doing for one of our clients – Sprite.
    It’s called Crickwit and it aims to celebrate (as the name suggests) witty tweets on cricket.

    Btw we’re giving away tickets to the upcoming T20 matches.

    Here’s is how it works:

    1. Add #crickwit to your cricket related tweets.

    2. Ask your followers to re-tweet.

    3. Score a run for very re-tweet you get.

    4. Win tickets to the games.

    It would be really great to have you on board. Please write back and let me know how we can take this forward.


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  8. Dear Mr. Panicker,

    Greetings….. My name is Rahul Salve and I am working as the Project Head for the Global Youth Marketing Forum (www.globalyouthmarketingforum.com). We would be grateful if you could advise your contact details and/or email id. We could then start the dialogue process. Thanking you in anticipation.

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    M: +91 9768124603

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  10. can i ask a personnel Q to you,..i want to ask you about your name. because me too have a part of your name ie PANICKER. may i know how you got this name. i mean the orgin of this surname..are you belongs to hindu nair family? but am a christian..so am so eager to know about your surname.if you have time means can you give me a mail on above address.

  11. Prem Sir,

    A curious question: couple of days ago cricinfo had a quote by Adam Gilcrist about how IPL should be investigated thoroughly and cleaned to the bottom. I no longer see this on the quote-unquote page. This is the first for cricinfo! Are journalists and in particular cricinfo under pressure of the big brother.

    PS: I am not sure this is the right way to get in touch with you.

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