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Ravi V. Chhabra

Top journalist, music writer-ranger, autodidact, avant-garde composer, visualizer, abstractionist, content provider based in New Delhi, India. A Frank Zappa diehard, online English speaking, writing styles & soft skills teacher: photo-journalism, veteran interviewer, public relations strategist, copywriter for advertising agencies and corporate film-maker. By the way, I wear many hats!

My family is now 3rd generation steeped in hardcore media stuff. I am a second-generation journalist who conceptualizes, ideates, creates content, edits and writes for print, online and new media on a wide range of subjects. I have been a full time journalist with leading Indian dailies (New Delhi) and foreign publications (NYC) and Toronto. Besides, a columnist, I have mentored niche magazines and produced many B2B/trade publications and 'show dailies' ranging from cold chain industry- ICE (GCCA of USA) India Chapter, alcobev, defense and textiles. My media outfit also indulges in ghost writing with written agreements to maintain secrecy as per clients' needs.

My professional web magazine, FIRST in INDIA. Est. & online since 2003

I am an autodidact freestyle/avant-garde music composer, my jazz band: FjQ = Freestyle jAzZ Quartet, bard, interior decorator, KanokaScat inventor (experimental music), numerologist, judoka, karateka, JKD practitioner (double nunchaku). As a vintage motorcycle lover & collector, I own a few motorcylces reserved for rallies. Lensman, curator at large. By the way, I wear many hats! My details as a journalist are here:

Some of my random quotes:

Superhost at Airbnb; Paradiso Nizamuddin East, New Delhi


Paradiso          (listing 1)                                        FREEDOM (listing 2)

  Paradiso, Nizamuddin East            FREEDOM bagpacker delight Nizamuddin East

I met HH Dalai Lama at his 'Shastipurthi '-  the high security event
as special invitee & covered it
for Hindustan Times, New Delhi, INDIA.

(Also below are some video clips of my interviews and my music videos).

I was the only speaker in the discussion to fully extol 
that digital is going to decimate the print and soon!

My 4th Composition via FjQ Freestyle jAZz Quartet:

Ode FanatiQue
Featuring: Dave Latchaw, Andy Pine, Eidon Veda, Ravi V. Chhabra

My Music-Video (collage) Tribute To Don Van Vliet


I'm passionate about what I do and  never do things halfhearted. My professional credo is perfection! Money doesn't drive me...

I believe it's futile to do something if you're not going to do it well. I expect the same of those I deal with.

 I'm fearless in asking the difficult questions. My black  humour works!
Journalist with leading national & overseas newspapers: The Patriot, Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, Asian AgeDNA, India Abroad (New York) and India Post (Toronto Bureaux). Columnist food writer: FLAVOURSOME with Car'N Style supplement MOTOWNINDIA.COM & Complete Wellbeing magazine, Mumbai/INDIA
PRESENT: Managing Editor-Owner: {News for Soul} 

COLUMNIST at Millennium Post (Multi-Edition English Newspaper)

Articulture by Ravi V. Chhabra

My Music Quartet


Is on bandcamp:

        FjQ Freestyle Jazz Quartet-Ravi V. Chhabra                                                                   

Associate Professor & Visiting Faculty: JIMS & Rai University
Writing Skills, Creative Writing. I also produced/ introduced the new courseware: Media Studies at JIMS, Vasant Kunj.

Jan 2003-2007 - Freelanced: North-East SUN, City Observor, American Express in-house magazine, Today's Traveller, City Scan (tabloid), Bureaux Chief, New Delhi for South Asia Times (, past author at, food  critic/columnist FLAVOURSOME for Car N Style magazine supplement with Motown India - leading automobile magazine with dedicated youtube channel, edited daily news briefs for American diplomats at CNA (Central News Agency), Connaught Place, New Delhi. Special Correspondent with AMBROSIA, the only Alcobev industry magazine in India, published from Mumbai.
Freelancer: I wrote political opinion pieces and reports on most recent political events. My goal was and is to bring articles and news without partisan bias while offering insight and analysis. Interviewed the maestros and achievers in their fields.

On-Site Journalist
Jan 2018 - 2022
I have mentored many news online portals such as, (defunct),,

Columnist/Contributor at

University of Delhi
BA in English Literature - 1982-1985
(Hans Raj College magna cum laude)
Diploma in Public Relations - 1986
Diploma in Journalism-1987
Diploma in Travel & Tourism (1988)
(All recognized by Government of India)
Masters in mass communication 1995-1997

Journalistic Excellence
Edited fiction novels
Creative inputs: First encylopedia of Islam
Participated in first panel discussion in Delhi Literature Festival on digital media future -  2014
Visiting faculty in leading Mass Communication institutes in Delhi & NCR
TV Panel Debates
News7 and other TV channels
Covered the Deep Purple concert & interviewed the masters (Hindustan Times, Print multi-editions/page-1 anchor)
Ravi V. Chhabra during my interview with Deep Purple Group photo Roger Glover, Steve Morse 
 (Below) A few samples of my photographs

INTERVIEWED Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain in person for Hindustan Times and many other gurus.

Zakir Hussain - ravi v chhabra

October 30, 2018 via (email hidden)
Dear Ravi,
Thank you for reading my book, Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa. It is always good to meet new Zappa fans, especially one even more ardent than I am!
Pauline Butcher
(Subsequently, INTERVIEWED for
Pauline Butcher Bird
Pauline Butcher Bird - Ravi V. Chhabra-rVc

Pauline Butcher with Frank Zappa-Interviewed by Ravi V. Chhabra-rVc

INTERVIEWED French violinist Didier Lockwood for
Hindustan Times/print edition: Mid-90s.

Didier Lockwood-Ravi V. Chhabra
Almirah Collage by Ravi V. Chhabra


Photo: visualization for my facebook group:

A window at Agra Fort; Photo by Ravi V. Chhabra

Frank Zappa frontman Robert Martin (Bobby)
Multi-musician-vocalist Robert Martin's Autographed photo received via postal mail.
him at: in 2021
Robert Martin Autograph for Ravi V. Chhabra - INTERVIEWED

INTERVIEWED MASTER John French Drumbo at

John French Drumbo Interviewed by Ravi V. Chhabra

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Dave Latchaw/Pianist-Music Teacher, USA
Alumni - Berklee College of Music
Ravi's wide knowledge of music is impressive. Many times he has enlightened me to music that I was unaware of. I appreciate his keen sense of curiosity. A kindred spirit in wanting to know more.

Bijaya Jena/ Award Winner, Actor-Director, Mumbai
Ravi Chhabra is a very good journalist, music critic who has a command over the English Language and can put across his thoughts effectively.

Hermann Andrade/ Music Freak, Mexico

Todo mi respeto para su excelencia señor Ravi.
Hace años que estoy en contacto con su excelencia Ravi,a través de este tiempo he logrado ver su trabajo y lo que comparte a través de las redes y para mi es un gusto leerle tanto como escuchar su música ( que es mi música tambien),así como también comparte gustos por la comida y bebidas, enhorabuena Ravi muchas gracias por tu amistad.

M.L Hind/Former Sr. Journalist, Hindustan Times, New Delhi 
Ravi's adroitnesses at headlining and repartee makes him truly world class. I can just say that it's always great to have a friend like Ravi. He is always ready to help people. I have always been impressed with his sense of humour. Most often than not, Ravi helps people without thinking of the consequences. Another important aspect of his personality is that he is never cheap and petty. I always like his company.

Punnoose Tharyan (Roy) Founder, Motown India, Motown Publications Pvt Ltd
Versatility is best described when we talk of Ravi Chhabra. He is like the rolling stone that has gathered a lot of shine. So is he a journalist? A musician? A chef? A critic? Or is he simply a maverick? Or is he a perfect all rounder? With impeccable and vast knowledge of several subjects, Ravi is a treat to listen. His writings too exude great maturity and calibre.

My erotica-romantic poetry blog:

Amit Goel/Senior Journalist, New Delhi
Associated with The Pioneer and India Ahead News
Ravi is one of the finest writers I have known. Have worked with him in the business bureau of The Pioneer and found him to be a thorough professional, responsive, personable and taking pride in his work. Very witty and extremely good with words. On personal level, I have known Ravi for more than two decades and I consider myself fortunate to have him as a friend, someone I can depend on.

Vishal Thapar/Group Editorial Head (Defence, Security & Police), BW Businessworld, New Delhi

Former Editor (Defence), CNN-IBN; Defence & Strategic Affairs Correspondent, Hindustan Times; Editor (Defence & Strategic Affairs), NewsX
I’ve known Chhabra as the witty scribe of the Hindustan Times in the 1990s and 2000s. He was a star, a livewire of the News Desk and later, the Business Bureau of what was then the largest-circulated and most influential newspaper in New Delhi. Passionate about news and newspapers, but more importantly, about the people behind news and newspapers. A people’s man, Ravi brought a smile to everyone’s face with his wit, humour and good nature. He was also a very popular journalists’ representative in the editorial for three consecutive years (elected unopposed). 
He transitioned from the News Desk to Business Journalism quickly, finding his feet in no time and becoming a valuable asset for the Hindustan Times Business Bureau. Ravi is extremely knowledgeable about western music, and could have been India’s foremost music journalist but for the content limitations of Indian journalistic platforms of the 1990s. He introduced me to the sublime jazz of Miles Davis. 

Ravi is also passionate and extremely knowledgeable about food, an authority on Delhi’s eateries. He is a go-to person for all things epicurean!  Good luck, Ravi, may your tribe increase!

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