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About Sahana Singh

I am an author, editor and columnist who writes on a variety of issues including water management, environment and Indian history. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s in Environmental Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in India.

For a while, I worked as an engineer in the Environment Department of HPCL Refinery in Mumbai. After winning two national essay contests, I made a career shift to writing. In 2003, I was one of the winners of the Water Media Network Journalists Competition conducted by the World Bank, and was awarded during the 3rd World Water Forum at Kyoto. In November 2008, I won the Developing Asia Journalism Awards (Infrastructure Category) in Tokyo, in which journalists from Asian countries competed. My short film “The Forgotten Cycle” won the first prize at the Delft University of Technology’s Urban Water Movie Contest in 2012.  Watch the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O15K-R2InOI

My book “The Educational Heritage of Ancient India – How an Ecosystem of Learning was Laid to Waste” is available both in print and Kindle versions.

My articles have been published in Reader’s Digest, Washington Post, Discovery Channel Asia, Asian Water Magazine, Swarajya, IndiaFacts, MyIndMakers and other publications. I have moderated panel discussions on water management and history at several conferences.

I am a member of Indian History Awareness and Research (IHAR), a think tank headquartered in Houston, USA. I love travelling and connecting the dots across different societies, civilizations and disciplines.

16 comments on “About Sahana Singh

  1. IPC
    November 28, 2017

    PS. As I did not get your email, I posted my request as comment.
    Shreepal Singh


    • sahanasingh
      December 1, 2017

      Please email the editor of India Facts to get their permission to reprint. Thanks.


  2. Thiru
    January 13, 2018

    Hi Sahana,
    I read your article on Indian influence in South East Asia. Being a Singaporean of Indian origin, I was impressed. But your article is very biased and skewed. Why didn’t you mention contributions of South Indians, especially Tamil Kings who came here in the 4th century? You forgot about Suryavarman and Jeyavarman? Chola Kings? Did you forget that Tamil, being a living classical language also played an important role? I’m surprised you had no qualms publishing such a one-sided view of Indian influence. And I’m ashamed Straits Times published your article.


    • sahanasingh
      January 13, 2018

      Hi Thiru, my article is only a partial sketch of the vast canvas of Indic influence in SE Asia. Also, I do not see Tamils as a separate civilization – they are a part of the same Indic civilization. Regards, Sahana

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  3. shawshanko
    March 19, 2018

    Sahanaji Namaskar.

    I would like to discuss about a Program on Ancient Education with you. Kindly connect on my Gmail.

    Thanks and regards


  4. Hi Sahana, Absolutely loved the Talk on Youtube – Educational Heritage of Ancient India : A Talk by Sahana Singh. Getting the book soon. Regards, Arvind Agrawal


    • sahanasingh
      May 15, 2018

      Many thanks for reaching out.


  5. M S Raghavan Ayyangar
    June 14, 2018

    Educational Heritage of Ancient India: A Talk by Sahana Singh
    I saw this video presentation on YouTube. Very well done.
    It was both interesting & enlightening.
    MSR Ayyangar


  6. Purandhar Setlur
    April 21, 2019

    I read your article on the rest of the world’s obsession with India’s caste system. It provided very interesting points to back my arguments against those critically obsessed with India’s caste system. With your permission may I quote your entire article or excerpts from it although opponents may claim it to be biased as written by an Indian origin writer? An Indian origin friend of mine once asked why the movie Gandhi was not made by an Indian to which I replied that it may not have had the same acclaim as that of the late Mr. Richard Attenborough’s.


    • sahanasingh
      April 21, 2019

      The article is now the copyright of India Facts. I do not think you can use the entire article. You can certainly refer to it by giving the link and use small excerpts. It is important to give proper citation because it helps the author as well as the publisher and thereby you strengthen the ecosystem. Thanks.


  7. rugeks18gmailcom
    June 13, 2020

    Respected Madam,
    I am Kamalakar Ruge from Solapur , Maharashtra working as an Asst. Professor in English in local college. Few days back i gone through your lecture “The Educational Heritage of Ancient India”. After that I also read that book and found that it should be translated in Marathi (native language of Maharastra) language that the knowledge in the book can reach a wide range of mass in Maharashtra. I don’t have any access to contact you so I typed my message here ma’am .

    Kindly reply on my email ma’am
    M.No 7385814175


  8. K K Sengupta
    December 20, 2020

    Hi Sahana,

    I read about your visit to Ahichhatra. It is a great article.

    I am intrigued by havyapaaka paddhati by your grandfather.

    Is it available in some form? I would very much love to know the paddhati in detail.

    Can you please help?

    All the best,


  9. sahanasingh
    December 20, 2020

    Namaste, thanks for your interest. My mother has a copy of the book which was written in Kannada. Unfortunately there is no English translation available.


  10. Ram Ramprasad
    July 15, 2022

    Hi Sahana,
    Great talks on YouTube. I’ve quoted you in one of my published articles, “Creating an Educational Ecosystem for a Circular Economy “ it is on my LinkedIn as a post. I sent you a LinkedIn connect request since I thought you would be interested in my YouTube talk on “Water” (Entrepreneurial Ideas for a Circular Economy- Part 1”. Keep up the great work. Thanks


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