• Janani Gopalakrishnan Vikram


Date of Birth:

15th July 1982






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Educational Qualifications:

  • Completed Schooling at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School,       K. K. Nagar, Chennai, 1999
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications, Stella Maris College, Chennai, 2002 – First Class with Distinction
  • MCA (Sikkim-Manipal University, Distance Education), 2004 – Grade A
  • PGDBA (Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune), 2004 – Distinction
  • Diploma in Freelance and Feature Writing (London School of Journalism, London), 2004 – Honours
  • PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Law - NALSAR Pro - 2009 - Distinction

Related Achievements:

  • Commendable and Highly commendable certificates in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s International Essay Competition
  • Twice winner of the National Maritime Society’s Extempore Debate
  • Was Chief Editor of my school’s newsletter
  • Was a regular contributor to my college’s magazine
  • Have done short courses in Indian law, Upanishads, Journalism and Communications while in college
  • Did my Final Year Project Work (towards my BCA degree) at Tata Consultancy Services, Chennai 

Most recent award:





Writing/Editing  Experience:

The PoleStar Foundation's award for the Best Feature in IT Journalism, for the year 2006 (www.polestar-foundation.org)

Current roles: Editorial consultant and freelance writer (tech, electronics, cuisine, life, etc)
  • Author and editorial consultant for the EFY Group, New Delhi
  • Freelance copyeditor for Sanjay & Co (Mrs Tarla Dalal's cookbooks)

Regular contributor to:

  • Electronics for You
  • Linux for You (part of the EFY group)   

Earlier articles published in:


  • Windows & Aisles (in-flight magazine of Paramount Airways)
  • BenefIT (part of the EFY group)
  • Good Housekeeping India (part of the India Today Group)
  • Cooking and More (Tarla Dalal group publication)
  • Eve’s Touch
  • Intercom (STC Publication)
  • Directives (newsletter of the Management Special Interest Group of the Society for Technical Communication)
  • IDeaL: Design for Learning (Newsletter of STC's Instructional Design and Learning SIG) 
  • MITWA NEWS: An e-zine for Technical Communicators 
  • ePower (part of the EFY group) 
  • Times Neighbourhood (part of the TOI group) 
  • Bhavan’s Journal
  • The Hindu’s Info Plus
  • The Hindu’s Young World
  • The Hindu’s Downtown
  • New Indian Express’ Health Supplement
  • Arcot Road Times (our neighbourhood newspaper)
  • Student Focus

And in web sites like:


  • Indogram.com
  • Sulekha.com
  • Indusladies.com
  • Universal P&P (now changed to Universal Learning)

Past editing experience:

  • Have copyedited manuscripts (as freelance copyeditor) for Tata McGraw-Hill India.
  • Used to copyedit for KnowGenesis (www.knowgenesis.org) International Journal for Technical Communication (IJTC).

 Other past assignments:

  • Have written for Red Hat India Pvt. Ltd. from a freelancer stance.
  • Have prepared corporate communications, marketing material and web content for a few companies. 
  • Have developed model question papers and study aids for MBA students of Rajarajan Academy, a study centre based in Chennai.
  • Have prepared, in association with another writer, word lists for TOEFL learning material.




 Writing Interests:

Information Technology, IPR, Open Source Philosophies and Practices, Management, History, Arts and Culture, Health, Cookery, Travel, Philosophy, and Children’s Writing

 Specific Interest:

I have a specific interest and am proficient in writing in depth about core technologies (like supercomputing, artificial intelligence, robotics, embedded systems, networking etc.) and technologies that aid business. (e.g. Business Intelligence tools, RFID, and so on.)


Forms of Writing Interested In:


  • Non-fiction articles/ features/ columns
  • White Papers
  • Web content
  • Tutorials
  • User manuals
  • Other instructional material in Information Technology and Business Management related subjects
  • Brochures 
  • E-books
  • Short fiction


Other Interests/ Activities


  • Music (classical music, vocal and instrumental)
  • Cookery (as an art and science)
  • Handicrafts (glass painting, pot painting, fabric art and miscellaneous crafts)
  • Compering for cultural programmes