Stories are the most important things in the world—they are teachers and companions. Every emotion you’ve ever felt, even the ones you can’t put into words are found and felt here. We are living in perhaps the most compelling socio-political atmosphere in history where every ideal—from communism to feminism—is up for grabs. Generations later, the intrinsic core of our society—our hearts and minds—will not have come from our politicians, leaders, and businessmen; it will have come from our writers.
That’s why story-telling is so important and why young authors are even more so. Students around the world are actively engaging in bettering it. A young person’s perspective, a young person’s emotions are far different than those of adults. The urgency, the clarity, the resolve is often far greater (or maybe I’m just biased!). It is our future, after all, that we’re fighting for—how can we not be passionate and hysterical and all the things they tell you not to be? From Instagram posts to tweets to personal blogs, students are constantly telling the stories that matter the most.
The Bombay Review has proved itself to be the standard for story-telling in India and all over the world. This new initiative to feature student voices only enhances that narrative. By empowering the youth to speak freely and loudly, we are already making great strides towards a more accepting society. Writing is one of the most powerful forms of protest—giving a voice to the voiceless—and young people are at the core of this revolution. This new section puts TBR on the right side of history.
The pieces featured here are extremely different in the themes and ideas they deal with, but are equally compelling. Heartbreak, romance, isolation, angst…they’ve all been covered. I’m sure all of you will take away something from each, at least the joy of a good story if nothing else. While many of these pieces are riddled with socio-political motifs, it is the emotion and intention behind them that are truly significant. These young authors have shared stories that are close to their hearts and am sure that they will grow close to many of you too.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Anahita is a 16-year-old rising junior at an international school in Mumbai. She is an avid reader; her favourite authors are Khaled Hosseini and Arundhati Roy. She is deeply involved in the writing sphere at her school and hopes to reach more people through The Bombay Review.