Vartika Rastogi is a writer and trainee journalist from New Delhi. Her passion lies in close observation of culture, literature, art, and politics—aided and abetted, no doubt, by a childhood spent in the firm and loving grasp of books. She began writing at a young age, and has only recently started to let her work sail out and greet the world.

An alumna of Hindu College, University of Delhi where she studied English Literature, she also holds a postgraduate diploma in Journalism from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. A myriad of experiences; including her work as a teaching fellow under Slam Out Loud’s Jijivisha Fellowship; have inclined her to bringing to Indian journalism a more focused sensitivity towards the diverse experiences of and issues faced by those belonging to women, sexual and ethnic minorities, and other marginalised groups.

She has previously written for The Citizen, and her work has been published alongside that by prominent journalists in Speaking Tiger’s Battling for India: A Citizen’s Reader (2019, ed. Githa Hariharan). You may read some of her published journalistic efforts here.

Currently a graduate student of Gender, Media and Culture at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she divides her time between writing, research, satiating her voracious appetite for reading (followed by compulsive book reviewing), and trying to develop a better-informed picture of the world.


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