Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Kaartikeya Bajpai, a JN Tata Scholar and journalism graduate, was first published in Chandamama when he was nine and his work has since appeared in Tehelka, Helter Skelter, Muse India, Reading Hour, Sahitya Academy’s Indian Literature Journal, among others. He has given four TEDx talks and been a panelist/speaker in numerous literary festivals. He lives in New York, and is completing his masters in Creative Writing and working part time at the India China Institute. He has also given guest lectures in universities like Lady Sri Ram, St. Xaviers, Symbiosis, Ashoka, Ruia, and KC.
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Shambhavi Chouhan is currently a scholar at the University of Amsterdam studying international relations and law. She deeply enjoys writing and has travelled extensively in Europe to attend Model UN Conferences. Currently she also works for a Dutch journalism blog, “Red Pers”, which is based in Amsterdam. She is a passionate advocate for sustainability as well as social change and has worked for projects regarding the same.
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Mansi Goda read her first book at the age of 3 and has not stopped since. A journalism student at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Mansi’s interests lie in research, communication, organization and social service. She has worked previously with Teach For India, OPEN Magazine and DNA, and is currently a research fellow with PUKAR, Mumbai. She believes strongly in the power of words when strung together for a purpose, and hence the ability of well-written narratives in bringing about positive change.
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Rochelle Potkar’s book, ‘The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories’ was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014, by Publishing Next. She was a writer-in-residence at the UNESCO city of literature – Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), Fall 2015. ‘Four Degrees of Separation’ (Paperwall, 2016) is her first book of poetry.
She blogs at: www.rochellepotkar.com.
Gauri Awasthi is Journalism graduate and recipient of the Mrs. Padma Solomon Raj Scholarship from Wilson College, Mumbai. She is a contributing writer at Terribly Tiny Tales –the world’s most celebrated micro-fiction.She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and sees storytelling as her passion. She has also co-founded of ‘The Vegan Wardrobe’, a cruelty-free and sustainable blog that curates an eco-friendly lifestyle. Feminism and the Environment are the causes she aligns with. Some of her writing is available at: www.instagram.com/gauriawasthi
Chandini Hemdev is a published poet, a wedding planner and a person to whom ‘Poetry is the smile to her soul’. Currently pursuing her MA in English, she finds the world of literature her place to be. She was a speaker at the Under 25 Summit in Bangalore, and has been a speaker and performer in events across India. She has also authored a book on poetry.
Namrata Toraskar, an architecture graduate from Mumbai, is currently pursuing her Masters in Design from CEPT, Ahmedabad. While travelling across rural India, vernacular habitats and traditional lifestyles captivate her and induce a passion to illustrate the experiences she encounters. She has a keen interest in architectural design ideas that are rooted in culture, climate and costeffectiveness. Adhering to her interest of crafting spaces, the practice under Sathya Prakash Varanashi in Bangalore always drove her to use natural materials while designing innovative, ecofriendly houses. She dreams to restore traditional knowledge systems and develop a database of built heritage through her illustrations on architecture and people.
Amrita Lall is on paper, a student of law. Otherwise, she writes or at least enjoys it enough to want to do it for most part of her time. A fiction writer and an occasional book-reviewer, she believes that the best stories lie in our everyday lives. Some of her earlier work is available on her blog at http://museplease.blogspot.in/ and much of the rest is open to selective readership.