Yasaswini Sampathkumar is a journalist based in Guwahati, India. She writes about the influence of history, culture, and politics on sustainability and technology. Her earlier work on urban water management appeared in Ensia. Other bylines include pieces in the National Geographic, BBC Travel, and the Hidden Compass. In a previous life, she was training to be a molecular biologist. Follow her @YasaswiniSampat.