I've started freelancing with the City and Neighbourhood section of The Hindu. My first article appeared last Thursday, on a North Karnataka-style home restaurant.
The online version doesn't have a picture, and some people expressed a wish to see what it looked like, so here is a pic of the paper - the photograph was taken by the staff photographer.
It was truly interesting to go as an interviewer and talk to the owners, the customers - and to sift through the information overload, and put it all down in 400-500 words. The delight of people who have been told they will be featured in a newspaper is so wonderful. And they transferred that joy to me - They forced me to have a meal there, and didn't accept money for it. And after the paper came out, the proprietor called me again and thanked me profusely (even though I was just the messenger - I had been asked to write about this place, I didn't select it myself.) The whole experience was fun!