What is The Blahcksheep?
We are an independent multilingual digital publishing platform for unique, provocative, contrarian voices from across the world. For us, The Blahcksheep is not just a platform, but a community of misfits and rebels. We are proud of how we stand out in a crowd with our awkward sheepish identities. To hold our own in a sea of people is a rebellion of its own.
We are not news focused, rather views focused. We are interested in carrying pieces on how you perceive the world, instead of traditional journalistic pieces. We are keen on learning about the events that shaped you, and not the event itself.
We accept personal and professional essays, reflective pieces, opinions, experiments, long reads and all sorts of blahs. We encourage first-time writers and also celebrate previously unpublished works and rejected pieces, in any/all languages.
If you identify as a blahcksheep, our website is a green pasture for you to come and linger on.
Who is a blahcksheep?
someone who does not fit in with the rest of a group and is often considered to be a troublemaker or an embarrassment. In many cultures, the term “black sheep” has come to mean the outcast, the disreputable or undesirable member of the group, especially a family.
Pragya Tiwari has been a journalist for over 15 years. As Editor-in-Chief or Editor, she has led new media initiatives like the award winning webzine The Big Indian Picture, Tehelka.com, and Vice India and has been Creative Director of BalconyTV in India. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Oijo and has also launched the Indian History Collective.
She is also the Regional Director, India, for global arts, culture and heritage consultancy Flint Culture. She is a columnist and commentator on politics, policy, fashion, arts, culture, books, theatre and cinema for leading publications in India and abroad such as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Elle, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Quartz, Bloomberg Quint, Mint Lounge, Telegraph, DNA, Wire and First Post. Her pieces are widely circulated on social media and generate readership as well as discussion, often leading the discourse on existing issues or shining the light on new ones.
Pragya holds an LLB and human rights degree from Cardiff University and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics. She has consulted governments and international organisations on development and culture related policy.
A Public Policy and Advocacy professional with five years of experience in public health, gender, road safety and the agriculture sector, Pooja is currently working as a Consultant with Genpact. She has previously worked as a Parliamentary Research Associate with two Members of Parliament – Mr. Ninong Ering, Indian National Congress (INC) and Mr.Derek O’Brien, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC).
Pooja pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) and her Master’s in Political Studies and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. Additionally, she holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (CTPB) from Delhi University.
She is passionate about writing and occasionally contributes her pieces to leading websites and magazines. She wishes to attend all film festivals in the world, write a book, play the piano and be a cat mother someday. She goes by the name of ‘an atheist named Pooja’ @theblahcksheepx on Twitter. She is a firm believer of why rise and shine when you can wine and whine.
Mansi has devoted over half a decade to the communications field as a journalist, corporate communications professional and social media strategist. With a background in English Literature, she has pursued her PG Diploma from Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Journalism.
Her experience as the Liaison Officer in the Ministry of External Affairs helped her gain an insight into the functioning of government bodies. As the Elected President of Women’s Development Cell, IPCW, Delhi University, Mansi spearheaded many diversity campaigns including hosting a session with artists and feminist icons such as Urvashi Butalia, Kamala Bhasin and Alok-Vaid Menon. When with Jindal Stainless, she also led a women empowerment campaign with UN Women in 2019.
As a poet and journalist, she has been vocal about issues of gender-justice and has covered sensitive topics such as Child Sexual Abuse for Caravan Magazine and Menstruation Benefits Bill for The Diplomat. Her interests include overthinking, hooping and swimming. She is a trained vocalist from Calcutta School of Music and goes by the stage name Yemaya.
Anuli is a person still finding the right words to describe her interests, her career and herself. Interest-wise, she does not like, but obsesses and is currently analyzing all of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Career-wise she is stuck between the two HR’s – human resources and human rights. Personality-wise, she wants to be intelligent, creative, confident and relaxed – the equivalent of a very minimalistically stylish photographer or potter. She is a blahcksheep because sometimes she comes across as sheepish, and is almost always seen wearing bla’h’ck.
Kshitiza works as a lead editor with a content development company in Bangalore. She has around 9 years of experience in writing and editing content for newspapers, journals, blogs, websites, corporates, and academic institutions. Reading and writing are her biggest passion, especially reading classical English literature. She holds a Maters’ degree in English Literature, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Business Administration. She resonates with the idea behind The Blahcksheep and thinks its important to have a space where writers, especially women and those from marginalised communities can voice their opinions and showcase their creativity without any inhibitions.
A policy and development professional with experience in the fields of law, public policy, social impact and governance, Karun currently works as a research consultant with Parliamentarians with Innovators for India. Karun pursued his Bachelor’s in Law from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. Additionally, he is currently pursuing the Graduate Certificate Course in Public Policy from Takshashila Institution as well as a Master’s in Development Studies from IGNOU. His interests include reading autobiographies, good fiction novels, and interesting case studies, solving logo quizzes, listening to Indian classical music & old Indie songs and going for morning runs every day. He can be found tweeting his thoughts on @Carun95.
Currently working as the Manager, Outreach & Counselor Engagement (South Asia and Middle East) at Gen Next Education Inc, Palak has spent over five years in the education sector. An alumna of Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), she has formerly worked as a Student Counselor at University Connection as a Production Assistant for the India Outreach Programme of the film ‘Dear Mandela’. She has also worked as a Consultant with Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) and has been Project Head at NGO Muskaan.
Born in Kolkata, Madhurima is currently teaching at one of India’s leading ed-tech firms. She is settled in the beautiful valley city of Dehradun, working relentlessly with her husband to stay out of the society’s expectations of marriage.She is a blahcksheep because she has way too many blahs in her head.
A bibliophile with an extra special love for graphic novels and children’s books, illustration was not something that Chandrima had set out to do. She started illustrating as a way to express herself and cope with her anxieties and fears. Over the years, apart from focusing on climbing the career ladder, she’s set herself new goals, ones that will actually make her happy! The illustrations you see on this website is a small part of that alternative happy goal. She believes her illustrations in itself will reveal what a Blahcksheep she is.
Rahul Carpenter is an autodidact crazy tech guy, who believes in skills, not in degrees. He is the founder of YourWerbung, The Internet Stud, and OTP Tshirts. He got tech skills like Web Development, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Search Engine Optimization, YouTube, Blogging. You can reach out to him at www.rahulcarpenter.in