How do I put this in words?
This is one ubiquitous question that haunts the minds of our species every day, as it does ours, even now as we try to ink this stellar editorial into fathomable constellations.
Public Service Announcement Disclaimer: we are a mess. Our impulsive ideas, our equally unplanned execution and even more so our lack of sponsors are an astute equation for catastrophe. But we prefer the use of a more nuanced phrase: we are a creative process. We are constantly learning, ever growing and we proudly wear all the numerous failed formulae, fallacies and frantic efforts on our part as memoirs that we have gotten this far.
It all started somewhere in the aftermath of an essay writing competition of the topic “Which is easier: following your own dreams, or living up to other people’s expectations?” A question that embodies the struggles of every dependent emerging artist all too well. Being complacent at the cost of being controversial or vice versa has been our daily dose of disheartening dilemmas that only strengthened our search for platforms with ideologies that resonate with ours.
More often than not we make distinctions between art forms and get so caught up in the minute intricacies of these humanly constructed differences, that we fail to admire the beauty of the bigger picture, that is, art. Humans do have an inherent tendency to think categorically, as it makes perceiving this world simple. But where’s the fun in that? We at Inwords, embrace complexity. We embrace ambiguity. We embrace diversity.
Among only the five of us in the core team of Inwords, our interests vary from poetry to journalism to theatre to spoken word to art and design to video editing to making dank memes, each of us having multiple fortes across varied disciplines.
We have always struggled to find an all encompassing platform to express ourselves not as mere dramatists or creative writers or painters, but in totality, as artists. We wanted a platform that was wholesome and self sufficient. We wanted a platform that would cherish talent, without any constraints of discipline, whole heartedly, with open arms. And in an eventful moment after that uneventful essay writing competition, there was a sudden realisation: an ‘aha’ moment, as Gestalt psychologists would term it.
We needed this platform. So? We created it.
If you want to write for us, you can do so by visiting our Submissions.
The Core Team
A recent article suggests that the following are the qualities of a good editor in chief: organized, decisive, good communication skills and the ability to work with grace under pressure. These also fall under the comprehensive list of the qualities that, Atharva Tewari, certainly does not possess. But ask anyone who has worked under Atharva, who is somewhat of a connoisseur of all things Press Corps, and they will tell you, that somehow, he makes it work. How? It’s indeed a wonder, but that isn’t much of a surprise, because so is he.
Atharva is a Regional Correspondent at BBC, a Regional Associate at CNN, and writes for an array of magazines including TeenVoices, TeenInk and UNV Liberia. As previously hinted upon, he has attended and won numerous press committees at Model UNs. Get him the most boring of your committee reports and he will transform them into something as intriguing as his awe inspiring eye roll. He is a well known wizard, his intricately phrased writings are his Patronus, that are assured to charm you. He aspires to pursue journalism at Columbia and that’s just one thing that tells us he likes to dream big. That’s Atharva for you, full of big ideas (not always good ones, mind you), Ellen DeGeneres fun facts and giggles that could establish world peace.
At Inwords, we are currently testing the hypothesis that Atharva Tewari is actually a koala. The reasons for our speculation are as follows: Koalas are mammals. Atharva, also belongs to a mammalian species. To get leaves, koalas jump from tree to tree. Atharva too is known for jumping to conclusions in a similar manner. The resemblance is uncanny, really, not only in appearance but also in the way Atharva is always ready with free hugs and has a constant pathological need for affection and attention. That being said, you’ll find many koalas among the 43,000 in the world, but Atharva Tewari? There is only one.
Amidst maintaining an impeccable academic record, an equally diverse set of extra curricular activities and even more so a balanced state of mind, Fiza Khan, a humanities student of class 11, has more things to handle than everyone collectively at Inwords ever could. Fiza, like every other human is a complex being, but what makes her unique is the way in which she embraces her complexity. She is not only the calm before the hurricane, but in the form of some twisted contradiction, the hurricane itself too. She is someone who takes immense pride in her characteristic crooked teeth and long nose, short temper and other such perceived imperfections.
Fiza, who likes to keep it simple, has an evident distaste for drama in the daily happenings of life, however her performances on stage are a different story. Her flair for dramatics along with her musical inclinations makes her the epitome of a theatrical genius. Her poetic skills, an amalgamation of complex metaphors and carefully constructed sentences, have won numerous awards. Her romance with literature is very evident. She’s the person who searches the dusty dark corners of the library. Plays and poems that drive the adolescents away, are the ones that drive Fiza’s aspirations to make a living out of words.
At Inwords, Fiza holds the prestigious title of Deputy Editor. Don’t let her innocent looks and Cheshire cat grins fool you. If you miss a deadline, natural selection and Fiza Khan are coming for you.
Aditi Wakhlu, The First Of Her Name, Breaker of Societal Norms, Queen of Sarcasm, Master of Puns, etymology freak, debater, videographer, violinist.
Before you even try to get to know her, here are a few facts you need to get straight:
- Depression is a mental illness and gender is a social construct.
- Etymologically, sarcasm (her second favourite word) is derived from the Greek root ‘sarc’- meaning flesh, therefore, sarcasm literally means a remark that ‘bites’ into your flesh.
- Aditi Wakhlu is smart. (long pause) Very smart.
Unlike the other 99.99% people her age, she has her plans for the future absolutely sorted. An aspiring behavioural neuroscientist, Aditi is currently studying History, Psychology, Maths and (wait for it!) Biology.
This spoken-word-fanatic, who is an unusual combination of a lazy perfectionist, has a wonderfully appeasing sense of aesthetics. Her sense of political correctness and taste in music is in its most literal sense of the term, award-worthy.
Aditi, holding the all encompassing post as the Features Editor, brings to Inwords, her perfectionist managerial skills, an unlimited supply of Etymology fun facts and an opinion about everything.
P.S. in case you’re wondering, her first favourite word is guacamole. Go figure.
Head of Art and Aesthetics
A Potterhead, Harshi is an artist we boast about. In her free time, you’ll find her writing poems or sketching something or reading a mystery thriller or re-watching the American Horror Story. Bagging prizes effortlessly at prestigious art competitions, or mesmerizing people with her pieces of art, is just her cup of tea. If you ever happen to visit her, you’ll find that her bookshelf, inundated with a plethora of murder novels, hardly has any space but you’ll always find some in her heart.
Head of Technical Operations
When asked to tell his interests at the starting of an interschool quiz, Kanishk Singh replied saying music and procrastination. He then proceeded to win the quiz.
Which is what happens most of the time with him, he just casually goes on to win competitions. In his own words, he’s lazy, like, extremely lazy. And sad ;_;™. However, for someone who has won multiple state and national level quizzes and tech events and has represented India in the Paris climate summit, the impression you first get of him is in stark contrast to his real self.
He takes pride in the fact that there are hardly any song he hasn’t heard which is common among people. His favorite TV series are Hannibal and Dr. Who and no, he can’t choose one between them. Just kidding, he loves Dr. Lectar way too much.
He’s aiming to pursue cognitive science with computers and is here with us at Inwords because he has the fastest net connection in the city. And well, he is probably the only person who can handle dysfunctional WordPress sites and Facebook censors. But, more than that, he’s the sweetest person around who’s always ready to help and his big heart is how we found him.
The first conversation you have with Namrata Chatterjee, you would probably expect her to become the President. The second conversation you have with her, well, not so much.
An ardent acolyte of psychology, she is an academic scholar and an even better writer. From debating to designing she has tried her hand at everything D. What would intrigue you the most about this remarkable young lady, is that even after all the “edgy” situations she has landed herself in, she never relies on aggression for any solution, unlike some of the other people leading us. Rather, she prefers logic infused with loads of kindness to do the same. An absolute sweet slump, she is in desperate need for compliments.
With scribbles in the margins of her notebook to doodles on her bedroom walls, her flair for performance arts and a casual style of writing with striking punch lines being her forte, Vindhya Gupta is every artsy hipster Tumblr aesthetic personified. They say that with the touch of her pen and brilliance of her mind she creates pieces of art, we confirm that she is one herself.
Journeys have always looked upon men and seen them struggling to reach that end, but little did they know about Faizan Ahmad, until he owned the journey and the moments. He’s untamed. And he bows to no rules. He simply exists on his own terms and has managed to carve out a niche world for himself.
Book lover, feminist, and a deceptively quiet demeanour characterises Rhea best. She has volatile political opinions, but would just as easily melt if someone showed her a furry animal. Rhea enjoys reading historical fiction, political thrillers and murder mysteries. Additionally, she subjects anyone who seems remotely friendly to her pathetic sense of humour.
The Chimera of Truth
Siddhant Mishra truly is a man of his own making. His ability to convince not just one person, but a room full of people about any given subject is what marks him apart of a mob. Not only is he a man of razor sharp wits, but also excels at humor. His hatred for pretense and toffees root down to the same reason; both come in plastics. That been said, his puns are as hilarious as they are tricky. Hanging out with him is fun, to say the least. If he does talk to you; he either does it so he can marvel upon the infinite capacity of human stupidity, or because he deems you intellectual enough to be of good company to him. Good luck finding out which.
Some people are like assortments within themselves. Swati Singh is one of those people. Caught between precision and presentation, she is often found either striking a fine balance between the two, or attempting to hibernate under a rock. She is a blogger who rarely blogs, an artist who hardly draws and a debater who attempts to wriggle out of most arguments. For the most part , her talents lie dormant as she procrastinates with a single minded lack of determination shared only by her cat, but in her rare moments of clarity, she is likely to impress you with her fierce speeches, witty comebacks and her commendable ability to quote Emily Dickinson and text entirely in rhyme.
Intrigued by the Indian political system, Muskaan is a MUN enthusiast, an avid debater, a dilettante baker, a history buff and a tireless blabber. A staunch believer in the principle that life is as difficult as you make it, she is the sort of person who prides herself in being an optimist. Aspiring to be Sheldon Cooper, she possess the potential of making a world record in babbling about various television series all day long.
“Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.”
With a smile as bright as the sun and sass flowing in her veins, Urvi Tripathi lives by these words of Maya Angelou. An opinionated woman, Urvi never misses a chance to express herself; be it a discussion about the Violation of Fundamental Rights or the Violation of Fashion Rules – she always happens to have some inputs. A Humanities student and a Law Aspirant, she is a perfect example of beauty with brains. Taller than most of the people around her, she still possesses the heart of a child. Unapologetic, opinionated and soft hearted, with her straight facts and a twisted personality, she’s an ideal Gemini.
Purujit Arora is a class 11th student studying Humanities with Fine Arts at Seth M.R. Jaipuria school. His obsession with Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers can only be matched by his hate for modern pop music. His love for food is unparalleled and he prefers dank humour over everything. His column will be a platter filled with 50% dankness, 20% nonsense, 10% depth and 20% cleverness.
Ishita Srivastava is an 11th grader studying biological sciences in Seth M.R. Jaipuria school. Her sweet, innocent face and ever helping nature contrasts her hardcore interests that include Marvel, thriller movies, and Assasins Creed. Amidst her various interests, fantasy and mythological beings have a special place. Cartoons and comics: her inspiration. Colour pencils, her forte.
Esther Larisa David
Esther David is a 17 year old aspiring counsellor. Or maybe an artist. She isn’t sure about what she wants to do, but that doesn’t stop her from trying her hand at writing, art, music, and k-pop choreography (it’s harder than it looks, whew.) She can talk endlessly about mental health and progressive metal.
Ever thought of a person who would want to do good to everyone around? You creep, you’ve been thinking of Asheeza. An avid reader, a rigorous dabator, and a cat lady at heart: the perfect combination for a wholesome illustrator. She will win your heart with her doodles. Want to fangirl over troye sivan, Harry Potter and YouTube merch? She’s the one to go to!
Achintya is a 10th grader studying at Seth M.R. Jaipuria school who spends his life singing, drawing and fangirling over Marvel. His interest in music is not just limited to singing as he is also an International level Tabla player. You may often find him sitting alone in a corner reading a Mystery book or rereading the Harry Potter series.
A punk rock enthusiast, intersectional feminist and a self proclaimed flannel connoisseur. Jiyeon Yoo is a person who is done with everything, a quality that helps her get everything done. Her art is an embodiment of immaculate perfection and her aesthetic vibes are darts that are bound to strike the depths of your heart.
Shimul Goel, apart from spending her time singing, running, shooting, writing, et cetera, often sits her over-enthusiastic self down and draws. And her drawing skills are exactly what she brings to Inwords. Pen in hand, she is ever-ready to make your eyebrows arch at all her quirky masterpieces.