That's me in the cockpit of the lead Mirage-2000
I am a retired Indian Air Force fighter pilot and I love my family, flying, the English language and teaching, in that order. I was awarded the VM for my role in retrieving No 1 Sqn IAF after the ill fated hangar collapse in Gwalior in 1989 and restoring it to its place in the IAF hierarchy, viz., Best Fighter Squadron in the Indian Air Force.
I started writing in 1967, for the National Academy Bi-yearly Journal and moved up as a freelance writer for periodicals like 'The Blitz', The Illustrated Weekly of India and local weeklies. I was called upon in 1981 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to write for and edit our Flight Safety Magazine, to which I have contributed over one hundred articles over the years. I edited all IAF Coffee Tables from 1990 to 1996. As Staff Officer to two Air Chiefs, I also edited ALL that they wrote, from important letters to newspaper releases and complimentary letters to obituaries. I was responsible for adding the finishing touches to their speeches and addresses to the Indian Govt.
My expertise garnered over 40 years plus is backed by a BTech., a BBA. from the University of Reading, Berkshire, UK, and two Masters (one in English Literature, the other in Defence Studies).
An alumnus of Loyola School and Junior College, Pune, I hold a Diploma in German, obtained in 1970 from Goethe-Institut at Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune. A linguist, I also speak French, Hindi and three other regional languages.
As Editor at a publishing house in Delhi, Contact Communications, I wrote Academic/ Technical/Business articles while editing and proofreading their three magazines (ApparelOnline, StitchWorld and TrendFusion), pamphlets, novels, novellas, academic & other non-fiction educational works, theses and website content. Their technical monthly magazine, StitchWorld was entrusted to me in totality. I am the ghost-editor of a monthly fashion magazine.
I was also a founder member of StitchWorld International Forum of Technologists (SWIFT), which examined, among a host of other issues, what was amiss in Indian workplace ethics, incentives and motivation, rewarding outstanding workers without being divisive and the tricky issue of gender discrimination. Check out http://stitchworld.net/display1.asp?msg=409&cat=TechEvents and http://www.stitchworld.net/display1.asp?msg=446&cat=TechEvents, both written by me. I feature in the photographs in both reports.
For the other two magazines, ApparelOnline and Trend Fusion, I wrote as a specialist on the WTO, particularly on the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) and all restrictions thereunder(quotas); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); the ISO 9000 family of quality control mechanisms; ILO’s SA 8000, etc. I also wrote short articles on what was trending then and possible avenues for the future. I was more deeply involved in editing TrendFusion, which called for a delicate balance between artistic license and acceptable English.
I have written nearly 9,000 articles/blogs, edited over 50,000 articles and proofread over 75 million words, in both MS Word and the microscopic Adobe Pagemaker.
I have designed the syllabus for Finance and Business Studies, based on Glencoe’s “Teacher’s Annotated Edition”, for the state of New Jersey, USA. I expect to be called upon to set examination papers in the future in a separate contract.
I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Smart Media Group, Cyprus. I write the entire English Section (including most advertisements) of our monthly, quarterly and biannual magazines, which vary between 80 to 120 pages. These are bilingual, the second language being Russian, taking up one quarter of the magazine. I have also rewritten more than half of my Groups website, 4viptours.com/ I am reworking our second website macsads.com, which requires a major upgrade. Any discerning reader will immediately notice two markedly different styles of writing, one in pure English and error-free and the other colloquial, requiring appropriate repair.
I no longer write for agencies as such, though I have worked with many, like Guru.com, Skillpages.com, Elance.com, PeoplePerHour.com, AcademiaResearch.com and others, just to get an idea of where I stood, because my rates are relatively steep. In 2010, I was among the top five highest paid writers at Elance.
I produce clean, crisp and precise work. My efforts were considered so impressive at a conclave in Germany in 2006 that I was awarded Best Writer/Editor (English Language) and immediately hired by a renowned aerospace company to write classified papers/ proposals/ presentations at Company HQ for the next three years. These were targeted at the multi-billion Indian defence market.
Starting 2009, I've completed 298 jobs at Elance, with 40 x 10,000-word fully researched articles for Daniel Eapen (intellectualphilanthropy.org/), all $750 essays. They were pleasurable, but enervating, keeping me on edge throughout.
I wrote the 30,000-word original document with a raw film-script on the Deepwater Horizon well before the New York Times and went to Hollywood for an interview for the post of Assistant Scriptwriter for the blockbuster on screen today. I was in the US then. I competed with Matthew Sand and the NYT Team of Barstow, Rohde, and Stephanie Saul. I’m Indian, so all I got was a 5-day fully paid for holiday at Beverly Hills. Matthew Carnahan was the primary scriptwriter. You can see the reworked short post that I sold to Krill Oils for $2,500 at krilloil.com/blog/the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-and-its-aftermath/ You will see how history is documented.
I have also written the outline of the most popular eBook on Nursing which is at http://krilloil.com/blog/the-definitive-nursing-guide/ both $2,500 tasks for excellent paymasters. I wrote one 12,000 to 20,000-word essay per month for them till December 2015.