How do I put this in words?
This is one ubiquitous question that haunts the minds of our species every day. Everyday we struggle to voice things that need to be said.
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. This only strengthened our search for platforms with ideologies that resonated with ours.
But that isn’t an easy task in India.
We always struggled to find an all encompassing platform. A platform that was geared towards starting needed conversations – no matter how controversial they seemed in the context of our largely conservative environment. We needed a platform that would allow normal people living in small cities in India to voices their opinions on their versions of global issues like sexism, LGBT rights and mental health. We needed a platform that embraced diversity and intersectionality.
We needed this platform. So? We created it.
Currently Inwords is Lucknow’s only youth-run organization that actively creates content about issues like LGBT rights and mental health. While our impact is limited, we are immensely proud of the conversations we are starting in this environment. We are happy to be an outlet through which writers and artists can use their creativity and create positive social change. We are, indeed, a creative process. Run by three high school students, 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 with our vision to change the status quo.
If you want to write for us, you can do so by visiting our Submissions.
The Core Team
Co-Founder and Editor in ChiefFrustrated with the lack of platforms for young writers to speak up about socio-political issues, Aditii founded Inwords. While she is set on becoming a Neuroscientist, she aims to continue being an involved participant in speaking up and encouraging others to do the same. She firmly believes in incremental change and hopes to create impact in the world, even if that constitutes changing one person’s opinion. Among many others issues, mental health activism, LGBT rights and intersectionality are the ones Aditii is most passionate about. These are issues about which she writes regularly. Aside from being a ardent writer, Aditii also produces Inwords’ video content. She brings to Inwords her vision and her impeccable planing and managerial skills.
Co-Founder and Editor in Chief
At 15 years old, Atharva saw a complete lack of online publications written exclusively for teens by teens. He felt that the existing publications were inauthentic with their content, failed to appeal to the youth and tell stories that actually mattered. With hopeful dreaming and his immense experience in the digital media field, he founded Inwords. He is a creative powerhouse and has been the managerial backbone of the magazine since its inception. Obsessed with uniform formatting and pristine punctuation, Atharva is slightly nit-picky with content and believes in perfectionism. He wishes to amplify the voices of teenage journalists and establish their legitimacy in the media industry through Inwords and make it an all-inclusive platform. Being a notorious optimist, Atharva is filled with positivity and constantly strives for betterment. He lives by the words — “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.”
Head of Art and Aesthetics
Harshi is an artist we boast about. Bagging prizes effortlessly at prestigious art competitions and mesmerizing people with her pieces of art, is part of her everyday routine. To Inwords, she brings her ability to embody important sociopolitical messages in her art and convey them to her audience in subtle but striking ways. Harshi is also responsible for managing the assignment and editing of illustrations.
At Inwords, Fiza holds the 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.
Head of Technical Operations
Kanishk manages all technical operations at Inwords. He is the key to materializing our vision.
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.