Interview with Graphic Novelist & Artist Orijit Sen

Orijit Sen is widely regarded as one of the most influential names in the comics scene in India. The author of India’s first graphic novel, River Of Stories, a graduate from NID and the co-founder of People’s Tree, Orijit Sen is involved with several exhibition and museum design projects in India, the United Kingdom and Russia.

Interview with Meghna Pant: On Writing, Travel & Financial Journalism

Interview number one from the specially curated ‘Interview Series’ that Open Road Review is doing with the ‘Kumaon Literary Festival’ as their ‘Online Literary Magazine Partners’. This interview was conducted over email.  Meghna Pant is an award-winning author, journalist and TEDx speaker. Her debut collection of short stories HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Random House, 2013) was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award…

Interview with Kadak Collective: On Comics, Politics and Feminism

Kadak  is a team of eight incredibly talented South Asian women who engage with graphic storytelling as a means to explore the various socio-political and cultural questions of the day – be it daily feminism, sexual and gender identity or life in urban India. Comprising Aindri Chakraborty, Akhila Krishnan, Janine Shroff, Aarthi Parthasarathy, Garima Gupta,…

Interview with Inedible India: On Comic Satire, Politics And More

Inedible India is a web-only satirical comic strip, created by the politically-astute and jocular Rajesh Rajamani. Inspired by the web comic series, ‘Royal Existentials’, Rajesh began to create comic strips with Mughal-era pictures and Raja Ravi Varma paintings as a backdrop to comment on current political, cultural and economic scenarios. Having fallen in love with…

Interview with FemPositive: On FeministReads and Feminist Positivity

FemPositive describes themselves as “a movement to accentuate the positivity in feminism through positive dialogue by bridging women’s narratives and histories with the contemporary feminist movement to craft a more informed, collaborative movement for gender justice.” Advocating equality for all through the systematic breakdown of the patriarchal order, they think of themselves as “torchbearers of equal rights,…

Interview with Ipsita Roy Chakraverti : Magic, Wicca & Feminism

Ipsita Roy Chakraverti  is a Wiccan priestess based in India. She is the author of two books, Beloved Witch and Sacred Evil:Encounters with the Unknown. The latter was made into a film. She also started the Wiccan Brigade, a platform for those interested in studying Wicca. She travels extensively, even to remote villages, administering the…

Interview with Jeet Thayil: Poetry & Ghosts in Translation

Jeet Thayil is a pretty fascinating guy. Tall, thin and bald, he looks almost ageless. He calls poets “horribly twisted beings “ who are in “love with trouble and suffering”. In an age of selfies, he gives pretty artsy autographs. When he plays his guitar, you wonder if he really is a writer. But to…