Staff bios

Sujeet Rajan,

Sujeet Rajan mug shotA published poet and writer, Rajan has previously worked for The Times of India in New Delhi and The Sag Harbor Express in New York. He edited The Indian Express North American edition, based in New York, from 2001 to 2011. He was previously an anchor for Eye on South Asia, on Crossings TV, broadcast by Time Warner Cable. At present, he is also an editor-at-large of Global India Newswire.

Among others, he is the recipient of the 2011 SAJA (South Asian Journalists Association) Award for Outstanding Editorial, the 2011 Ippie award (first place) for Best editorial/commentary, and the 2008 Justice and Community Reporting Award from the New York Community Media Alliance and the John Jay College Center on Media, Crime and Justice. Rajan has a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Delhi University and a Master’s in Communication, Journalism and Public Affairs from American University, Washington, D.C.

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




Raif Karerat
Staff Writer

Raif Karerat joined The American Bazaar as a Staff Writer in October 2014. Prio to that, he spent several years working as a financial operations manager after graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with dual degrees in English and Psychology. After leading his office to the summit of national production charts, he decided to refocus on writing.

Jayshal Sood
Editor, Verticals and Videos

Jayshal Sood is Editor, Verticals and Videos, with the American Bazaar. Prior to that, he was working with the Global India Newswire as an Editorial Coordinator. Sood has worked with national and international media houses, including: BBC News (Washington, DC, bureau), The Indian Express (Chandigarh), Asian News International (ANI), Triveni Production International, Ab Tak News, Riverbank Studios. He was awarded with the Hall-of-Nations scholarship in 2006 by the American University, Washington, DC. He is a recipient of Liu Foundation Multicultural Scholarship from Syracuse University, New York. Sood’s report in International Investigative Reporting, under renowned investigative journalist Charles Lewis, was commended as the best report in 2007. Sood has produced documentaries on various subjects including Iraq War, US-India Nuclear Deal, global warming.

Niharika Mookerjee

Niharika Mookerjee mug shotNiharika Mookerjee has been writing for over a decade about the political, business, cultural and personal aspects of life in the United States for leading Indian and American publications including The Brown Publishing Company for newspapers in the mid-west, India Abroad, The Observer and The Indian Express North American edition.

Mookerjee has worked extensively with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business leaders in the Silicon Valley.  Before moving to the United States, she was a lecturer of English at South City College in Kolkata and was actively involved in West Bengal Society for Indian Children’s Welfare.

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.

Rajiv Theodore
India Bureau Chief

Rajiv-TheodoreRajiv Theodore is a Delhi-based journalist with over two decades of experience. He headed the Economic Bureau of United News of India (UNI) and was a Special Correspondent before that, covering areas like telecom, Information Technology, energy, power, tourism and defense sectors. He has cover stories published in national and international newspapers and magazines like The Week, Financial Express, Sahara, Nexus, Khaleej Times, Emirate News, Gulf News, India Down Under New South Wales, New Strait Times, Himal South Asian, Terrascape, among others. Rajiv also worked as an Assistant Editor with the Pune-based Sakaal Times.

An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Rajiv has done a Masters and pursued an M.Phil. in Indian medieval history.

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.