Thank You, 2017!

Ruchi Kumar
3 min readDec 28, 2017
This is me outside the ruins of Rumi’s birthplace in a northern Afghanistan, April 2017

This year was exceptionally good to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the blessings, relations — old and new, travel and the opportunity to be part of some amazing stories this year.

I started freelancing in late 2015 but I didn’t do it full-time until late 2016 largely because of not being able to afford life in a place like Kabul. The early days of full time reporting, i.e.late 2016 and early 2017, was tough. I barely had enough to pay my bills and rent. I had to borrow money from my parents on more than one occasion to travel, just because I needed to. But then slowly and steadily, I started to figure out how this done.

I found publications who trusted me and who I could trust. But most importantly, I found editors who were just as excited about the stories that excited me, who felt just as strongly about the causes I wanted to talk about and who were sensitive in their approach.

Here I want to share with you some of my favourite stories that I had the privilege to narrate. The stories I picked are here because they inspired me, spoke to me, moved me, or were very very difficult to tell, and as a result helped me grow.

In chronological order:

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Ruchi Kumar

Writer. Journalist. Humanist. Based in #Afghanistan. Words @ForeignPolicy @Guardian @AJEnglish @WashingtonPost @Vice Earlier: Web producer @dna @TimesofIndia