The 5 writers on The Alternative who made us sit up and take notice in 2013

We may be well over a week into 2014 but we’re not quite done with the best of 2013 until we announce our new tradition of honouring The Alternative’s most seasoned writers.


We may be well over a week into 2014 but we’re not quite done with the best of 2013 until we announce our new tradition of honouring our most seasoned writers, here on The Alternative.

It is our earnest effort to give a space and voice to every variety of writer, blogger, journalist, practitioner, experts (both the acclaimed and self-proclaimed), person on Twitter who can write longer than 140 characters, photographers, students, children; enthusiasts in different fields and communities, hobbyists and lobbyists. For many, TA has served as a crucial platform to reach out to a wider and discerning audience who are looking for ways that are more sustainable and views more balanced than what Ornob thinks India wants to know. However, a lot of our contributors, especially this list of a prestigious few, have exhibited great diligence, faith, confidence and professionalism in writing their views and about their (politically) personal experiences for a magazine that isn’t quite mainstream as yet, nor the best kept secret any more.

These are also writers who we’ve seen emerge into such notable ones in their landscap and household names in our community that we feel we must give due credit with our modest means for their brilliance, achievement and humility.

The writer who wrote closest to home – Aparna Ramachandran

She actually wrote about this trip with her family that we didn’t publish. But that’s what we like her for – experimenting and believing all good starts with her own family!

From gender to holistic education, waste composting to travel, Aparna is someone who consumes sustainability in the most holistic way. A Software Engineer at Oracle (Bangalore), she’s not a silent crusader, nor an indie hipster but someone who walks the talk, reflects on the walk and then, talks about it more.

What you must read from her: Willing, Feeling, Thinking: Prakriti modelling Waldorf education

The writer who challenged the system – Amitabh Kumar

Amitabh training men in Moradabad (UP) to be, not mice, but gender wise.

Having grown up in a family of Gandhians and feminists, Amitabh is an unsurprising package who has been bridging the communication gap between activists and men who stare at goats. He’s been at it for a little less than a decade at Centre for Social Research where he heads Media and Communication, and is mantastic about social equity and justice.

What you must read from him: The tragedy of India’s romeos

The most versatile writer on TA – Prathap Nair

A sun-baked Prathap country trotting some place that we never received a travel pitch for.

We know that he has a legit job when he’s not travelling in pursuit of naturalists, marathon trails and cozy homestays. We just don’t what it is. There’s a reason why he’s one of the most loved (and most read in 2013) writers in the magazine: You’d think it is because he has such a diverse portfolio of work from green living to pertinent issues of bio-toilets and food labelling. No, it’s because of his dimples. We are sexist like that.

What you must read from him – Your train just got an eco-friendly toilet

The best debutante writer – Samvida Venkatesh

Unfortunately, the ‘Taare Zameen Par’ star’s real name isn’t Samvida. But can you spot her geeky curls in this picture?

Overachieving kids like Samvida of National Public School, Indiranagar (Bangalore) stump us with their writing skills, which are so mature that we hardly feel the generation gap from this 16 year old. But unlike her generation of typical, smug yuppies who (courtesy their unrestricted access to internet) think they’re an advanced mutant race, this kid has sensitivity and heart. We would be disappointed if she didn’t become India’s next female prime minister.

What you must read from her –  21 things people with autism do differently

The writer who taught us how to learn – Aditi S Mathur

Aditi S. Mathur on Chai With Lakshmi. We plan to do a smoothie with her.

You might say Aditi was something of a wild card entry for us but the alternative (some may even say radical) thinking and approach in education that she and her husband-cum-co-founder of Genie Kids (an alternative school in Bangalore) bring is unparalelled, even in the more recent times. You may not entirely adhere to their philosophy on schooling but Aditi’s work on facilitating children as independent learners is the kind of agency that more parents and schools should give to our little adults.

What you must read from her – The myth of the misbehaved child

While none of these honorary contributors will take home a Writers Guild-esque trophy, our tiny start-up-media-frugal-budget tokens of appreciations are well on their way.

Disclaimer: All the pictures courtesy the undue advantage of Facebook friendships and merit of Google Images.


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Makepeace is a freelance writer and a make believe selfie model. She formerly served as a Community Editor at The Alternative and now works with an international non profit in Bangalore. The only kind of marathons she loves are the ones on the idiot box. Follow her at @makeysitlhou more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Makepeace is a freelance writer and a make believe selfie model. She formerly served as a Community Editor at The Alternative and now works with an international non profit in Bangalore. The only kind of marathons she loves are the ones on the idiot box. Follow her at @makeysitlhou more
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