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Numbers tell a story. Like pictures, numbers can be worth a 1000 words if placed in the right context.

As much as we love narratives in our work at The Ken—emails, stories, newsletters, product flyers, updates or descriptors—we equally value numbers. Together they make a formidable combo.

In the past, we’ve worked with external financial experts for additional perspective on some stories. Today, we have one in-house. 

I’m delighted to welcome Anand Kalyanaraman in the editorial leadership team. A certified Chartered Accountant, Anand chose to pack the power of numbers with words when he left a career of seven years in accounting, putting together MIS reports, and investment research to enter journalism. Before joining The Ken, Anand was Deputy Editor at The Hindu BusinessLine, a newspaper he worked at for 11 years.

Apart from writing about public and private companies, the quicksilver of markets, and other things finance, Anand will help writers at The Ken focus their financial lens. I’ll admit, even the most experienced journalists can blanche when faced with inscrutable accounting details in financial documents or a thicket of numbers.

Anand has a flair for rhymes. We are looking forward to a limerick here and a haiku there on our Slack channels. For now, here’s how he sees his work at The Ken:

I’d like to write on many aspects of finance

In-depth, bringing out many a nuance

I think there’s an opportunity, a fine chance

For numbers & words to do a tango dance

A self-proclaimed Mumbaikar who lives in Chennai, Anand loves Tarantino movies, Hindi music and reading about current affairs and history.

You can send in your wishes, story tips and ideas to Anand at his first name He is also on Twitter, @anandg_kalyang

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Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

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