Founder, Director and Editor-in-Chief
Kaartikeya Bajpai, 24, a JN Tata Scholar, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Scholar, journalism graduate from Symbiosis International University, and creative writing graduate from The New School, New York (University Topper), won the the ’25 Under 25 Change-makers in the Country’ award by Campus Diaries, in 2016. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Bombay Review, a bi-monthly literary magazine publishing short fiction, poetry and non fiction. The magazine is based out of New York City and Mumbai and has a readership base in more than 120 countries, and its work has been covered by newspapers like TOI, Pune Mirror, Dainik Bhaskar, Punjab Kesari, Sakaal Times, Hindustan Times etc. He has since worked at companies as Content Editor and in universities as Assistant Professor.
As part of his literary work, Kaartikeya has given four TEDx talks, been a panelist at numerous literary festivals and events like St Xavier College’s Zeitgeist Media Conclave 2016; Jaipur, Kolkata, Hyderabad and TISS Literary Festivals. Kaartikeya conducts/manages literary events across the country and abroad (Saudi Arabia, Israel, Canada, Palestine, Nigeria, Japan, UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc). He has gone for talks and literary work to many countries (Macedonia, France, Hungary, Turkey, Austria, Belgium) and he recently established a base of the magazine in China on the Starr Research Grant that funded the month long research. He also teaches part time at universities like Lady Sri Ram College, Ashoka University, St Xaviers Mumbai, Ruia College, KC College, etc.
He has also worked as a crime reporter with Mumbai Mirror, features writer and copy editor with DNA, cultural correspondent with Helter Skelter Magazine, career counsellor for Salaam Baalak Trust, and teacher for Teach for India. His writing work spans more than a decade (first published when 9 yrs old in Chandamama) and has appeared in Tehelka, Helter Skelter, Muse India, Reading Hour, Sahitya Academy’s Indian Literature Journal, Spark Magazine, Roots and Meanderings Anthology, Significant Anthology, among others.
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Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). Her poem To Daraza won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted at the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018. She is the author of The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories, Four Degrees of Separation, and Paper Asylum. Her upcoming book The Inglorious Coins of the Counting House was longlisted at the Beverly Prize Poetry Book Award, 2019, UK and shortlisted at the 2nd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize 2019, NY. A book of cross-translated poems The Coordinates of Us, in English and Marathi, with Sanket Mhatre is due soon.
Winner of the 2016 Open Road Review contest for The leaves of the deodar, her story Chit Mahal (The Enclave) appeared in The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International, and Parfum was a notable entry at the DISQUIET International Literary prize 2019, Lisbon.
As critic, Rochelle’s poetry book reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. She has read her poetry in India, Bali, Iowa, Macao, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, Bangladesh, and the Gold Coast. She conducts haibun workshops across colleges in India. Her poetry film Skirt showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland.
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MENTAL HEALTH COLUMNIST
Raashi Thakran, 21, is an Engineering graduate and mental health advocate from Bangalore. She conducts workshops and sessions on mental health and suicide prevention in order to raise awareness of its challenges in today’s society. As a changemaker from Change.org’s flagship program – She Creates Change, she has undertaken various projects raising her voice for social issues in the country. In July this year, she started a petition asking the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India, to launch a National Helpline Number for Suicide Prevention in India which has received more than 2 lakh signatures.
Raashi has been featured in The Logical Indian, the Quint, The Hindu, Dainik Jagran, Mid-day and other news portals for her initiatives. She has also launched her own blog where she writes on mental health and self-care. In her free time, she is a normal 22 year old who is looking to pursue Psychology in the near future and get one step closer to where she wants to reach in life.
She has also worked with Teach for India as part of their HR and City Operations team and launched an initiative called “Care for Fellows” which is a comprehensive employee wellness programme. Working with AIESEC as a Global Volunteer, she will next be going to Egypt to work with refugees.
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Namrata Toraskar is an architect and independent researcher currently based in Mysuru. Her Bachelor’s degree is in architecture from Rachna Sansad’s Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. She did her Masters in Interior Architecture and Design with a specialization in Craft and Technology from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Post her Masters degree, she was supported by Sahapedia Frames 2018 Fellowship and Sahapedia-UNESCO 2018 Fellowship to further her research in the domain of Indian crafts and heritage, predominantly in Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Her research interests include the study of building crafts, dwelling rituals and visual culture of Indian vernacular settlements. Currently, she teaches research methods in design and assists in architecture design studios for the under-graduate students at Wadiyar Centre for Architecture, Mysuru. Through an interdisciplinary use of illustrations, photography and writing she strives to evolve creative approaches relating to built environment and human habitations.
NON FICTION CURATOR
Aparna Reddy is a graduate student at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Hyderabad. She is the Curator of Non-Fiction content at TBR. She has written for and attended several conferences covering themes of identity, contemporary culture, and psychology. She interned at SFT India and helped conceive and manage several events and press interactions as well as contribute for their newsletter. She has also interned at The Hindu, Chennai and created and managed social media content during Karnataka State Elections.
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