Kaartikeya Bajpai, 22, 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, 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 and poetry. The magazine is based out of New York City and Mumbai and has a readership base in more than 90 countries, and its work has been covered by newspapers like TOI, HT, Pune Mirror, Dainik Bhaskar, Punjab Kesari, Sakaal Times, etc. He complete

As part of his work with the magazine 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, Nigeria, Japan, UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc) for the magazine. The Bombay Review has taken him for talks and literary work to many countries (Macedonia, France, Budapest, Turkey, Austria) and he recently established a base of the magazine in China on the Starr Research Grant that funded the month long research.

He has also worked as a crime reporter with Mumbai Mirror, features writer and copy editor for DNA, cultural correspondent for Helter Skelter Magazine, career counsellor for Salaam Baalak Trust, and teacher for Teach for India. His writing work spans a decade already (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.

“Passion, a sense of play, and intelligence are crucial to any new venture that wants to make a difference, and The Bombay Review has an abundance of all three.”

– Amit Chaudhuri, author, ‘The Immortals’ and ‘Odysseus Abroad’

“TBR is both intelligent and dynamic and I love its energy and choice of writing showcased.”

-Anita Nair, author, ‘Idris: Keeper of The Light’


“I cannot think of a more stylish magazine in India than this one.”

 – Manu Joseph, former editor of Open magazine, author, ‘Serious Men’

“TBR is one of the most exciting literary  ventures to come out  of India recently.  It has exceptional art and writing,  which this anthology stands testimony to.”

– Akhil Sharma, author, ‘Family Life’