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Can you tell us about your background?
Coming from a family flooded with literature aficionados, Aakriti had no trouble figuring out she she loved to read and write. Little did she know that she was a hardcore sports enthusiast as well! The cricket world cup set off a spark in her, creating in her a need to not just passively engage with the game as an audience but write about it as well. When the football fever hit India hard during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Aakriti knew that there was no going back.
What did you study?
A history major at the University of Delhi (Ramjas College) and a student who was inclined towards sociology, Aakriti put her heart and soul into sports journalism and soon landed a year-long gig with the coveted Goal.com, where she worked as a part of the editorial team for around a year.
What was your career path after graduation?
Balancing life at a boarding school where the internet was a scarce luxury with a growing career in sports journalism proved to be hard work, and Aakriti didn’t want to merely write about matches from a distance anyway – it was the on-field reporting that thrilled her the most.
The emergence of the football scene in India and the ISL in particular thrilled Aakriti to bits. Now working as an editor with The Hard Tackle and freelancing with a couple of places as well, Aakriti got to attend every single Delhi match on behalf of work and get to write – from the field!