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Dileep P. Thekethil
Web and Social Media Editor


Dileep P Thekethil, a Mass Communication post-graduate degree holder from Pondicherry University, is based in Bangalore. Prior to joining The American Bazaar in 2013, he was  an SEO Content Manager for ISPG Technologies Pvt. LTD., the official channel partner of Google Adwords in India. He currently heads the India operations of The American Bazaar, leading the editorial, design and marketing team from the Bangalore office. He is a frequent blogger who keeps a tab on the latest updates in the technology arena. While at Pondicherry University, he anchored in creating a separate website for the Mass Communication Department




Jayshal Sood
Managing Editor

Jayshal Sood, an international journalist, was Editor at The American Bazaar prior to taking responsibilities as the Managing Editor of the news publication. Sood’s journalism experience includes more than a decade of experience in news media, where he started his career as a Reporter. He has worked with national as well as international media houses including Highlands Productions, Inc, BBC News (Washington, DC), Asian News International (ANI), Oscar’s Institute of Art and Research, and Triveni Production International. Sood has a thorough understanding of all facets of news coverage that is reflected both in his work experience and academic background. He was awarded Hall-of-Nations scholarship in 2006 by the American University, Washington, DC. He is also a recipient of Liu Foundation Multicultural Scholarship from Syracuse University, New York. His report in International Investigative Reporting, under renowned investigative journalist Charles Lewis, was commended as the best report in 2007. Sood has worked on documentaries on various subjects including US-Iraq war, US-India nuclear accord, global warming and prominent Indian Americans.



Brian Scott Preston
Reporter and producer

Brian Scott Preston is a reporter and producer based in the Washington,DC, area. He worked at the Washington Daily News  as a writer, reporter, and film critic.  He  was staff science writer for Mankind Research Unlimited.  As an LD,  DP and  writer, he has also  worked in ENG, feature film and documentaries.


Isha Roy
Reporter and producer

Isha RoyIsha Roy is a Washington-based television and print reporter, and producer. She has been covering the South Asian American entertainment and culture for five years for various television, online and print outlets, including NewsX, MHz Networks, The International Business Times, The Khaleej Times and Yahoo. She has also been a contributing writer and producer for Global India Newswire for the past two years.

Isha was a regular host for Darshan, a weekly South Asian variety show.  As an on-air reporter, she has developed a reputation for being able to relate with viewers within the community and abroad.



Rakesh Agrawal

Agrawal, who holds a PhD in international law, has more than two decades of experience in writing features. A compulsive traveler and ardent trekker, he has written for a number of newspapers, including The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Economic Times, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Pioneer and The Business Standard. He has also written regularly for magazines such Civil Society, TerraGreen and Down-to-Earth, for which he worked as a correspondent from 1994 to 1997. He is also a feature writer for Global India Newswire.

Asif Ismail

Asif Ismail, a journalist based in Washington, DC, is the founder of Global India Newswire. From 2000 to 2008, he worked as a writer and editor at the non-profit investigative journalism outfit Center for Public Integrity. As part of the Center’s investigative team, he has won several top journalism awards, including a 2006 Society of Professional Journalists award and a 2004 Investigative Reporters and Editors prize. He is also a winner of the South Asian Journalists Association award in 2004 and 2005. Ismail started his journalism career with The Times of India in New Delhi, and he has also worked for Khaleej Times in Dubai.

Muhammad Faizal
Manager, Sales and Operations

Muhammad Faizal has more than eight years of managerial experience with a number of international companies. Most recently, he was a manager at Turning Point Software Solutions, a US-based information technology company. Prior to that, he was a team leader with Synchronoss Technologies, headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Faizal holds an MBA degree from the John Mathai Center, Department of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Calicut.

Anil Prayag

VP, Marketing and Sales

Anil Prayag joined The American Bazaar as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales in April 2017. Previously, he was the Area Procurement Manager for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, of Waste Management, Inc., a $13 billion company. After graduating from National Institute of Technology (Karnataka, India) in Mechanical Engineering, Anil worked for an automobile bearing factory in Pune as their Tool Planning and Materials Management Manager. A few years later, he started three businesses in Pune, India —one of them being a Pattern Shop. He came to the United States to explore the possibilities of exporting the patterns from India. After leaving Waste Management, he started Prayag, Inc. a consultancy firm for Procurement, Marketing and Sales.