The Optimist Citizen


Meet The Optimist Citizens!

Piyush Ghosh
Co-Founder & CEO
Tuhin Sen
Tannison Mathews
Co-Founder & Editor
Swanzil Raghuwanshi
Operations Coordinator
Naneet Yadav
Design Strategist
Khyati Gautam
Content Strategist


Our Writers – 

TOC Network

Tuhin Sen

Piyuli Ghosh

Khyati Gautam

Nazneen Kachwala

Nazneen is a content developer at The Optimist Citizen and a qualified Electrical Engineer. Ever since childhood, Nazneen is passionate in working towards the betterment of the society and is popular among her peer group for her revolutionary ideas. Belonging to the Salmaan Khan fan club otherwise, Nazneen loves spending her leisure time writing poems, watching documentaries of the stars and galaxies and science fiction and is sometimes occupied with gardening.

Tannison Mathews

Tanima Chakraborty


Milaap is a crowdfunding website that addresses the many challenges of giving such as difficulty in discovering the right causes, trust deficit and overall donor apathy. They share stories of (pre-qualified) individuals and groups with a network of its trusted community and partners, who either specialize in providing and managing microloans to their local communities, or can connect with the cause to help with a donation

Prajwala Ghate

Prajwala left a lucrative career in Finance to follow her passion of writing. When not reading or writing, she can be found listening or humming Coldplay, experimenting in the kitchen, eating interesting food (mostly savouring desserts), admiring art, crafting interesting things, exploring and traveling to new places. Spends-a-LOT-of-time-on-the-internet (read most of the day).

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Khyati Pathak

Khyati Pathak, a level headed and a prudent person, is currently working as a content writer at The Optimist Citizen and is pursuing BE. She firmly believes in thinking before acting. A fierce advocator for women empowerment, she does all her work with a full fleged heart. Though an introvert outside, she is an extrovert at heart, and always believes in doing the right things.

Ujjwala Sinha

Ujjwala Sinha is currently pursuing bachelor's in psychology. Known for her inquisitive nature and love for interacting with new people. She believes in exploring the place rather than visiting it. And enhancing it with literature and a die hard fan of reading.

Shikha Sehrawat

Srishti Sinha

Shubhi Awasthy

Rishab Shaju

Sonal Paliwal

Sonal Paliwal is working as a Content Developer at The Optimist Citizen. An IT-engineer by education her love for writing trumped any programming she may have learned in college. She is a bibliophile and also a huge fan of romcoms and “Friends”. A self-certified Potter-head, she has read the Harry Potter novels countless times and is still waiting for her letter from Hogwarts. She also harbors a profound passion for dance.

Debarati Choudhary

Debarati is presently pursuing Bachelors in Social Sciences. She is an absolute outgoing and extrovert, accounting the presence of her huge friend circle. She is a bookworm, and a couch potato at times, but loves going on trips amidst nature. A pure Bengali, mad about Rabindranath Thakur and Golgappa.

Tushar Katiyar

I am currently pursuing a liberal art course in Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar. I have always had a knack for creative writing, whether it be essays, poems, scripts or articles. Writing and creating something unique and new has always excited me. I am not a huge talker, but definitely like to listen and engage in intriguing conversations with others. Other than writing, I am also a huge football fan and love to both play as well as watch the beautiful game.

Chirag Nihalani

Anubhooti Jain

Shruti Gupta

Gauri Walecha

A poet, a blogger, a freelance writer, and a Physics enthusiast- Gauri associates herself with a bunch of nouns, but in the core of her heart breathes a very passionate artist.

Currently pursuing her bachelor's in Physics, she is a thinker, a doer, and a daydreamer, striving to change the world, one word at a time.

Books enchant her and so do rains. She loves to enjoy them both with her morning tea- Alas! If only she could wake up before noon!

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Manya Gumashta

Manya Gumashta, is working as a content writer at The Optimist Citizen and is currently pursuing BE. Known for her amiable though introvert nature, Manya proudly boasts of being the biggest philozoic ever. She is a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky person who loves food and books. Though a mess in everyday life, she is all sorted, at the time of crisis.

Diksha Kakkar

Sarah Khan

Currently pursuing bachelors in English Literature (specialization). I can describe myself as an amiable and out-going person. I an avid book reader and my favourite book 'The Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte. I love to cook and go hiking.

Aditi Chandrasekar

Oishani Ghosh

Vansh Agarwal

Sia Ahuja

Rida Anwar

Shiuli Bhattacharya

Priyanshu Mani

Sidhant Kandpal

Anshika Maheshwari

Sangeet Giriraj

Enthusiastic, garrulous but a nerd who loves his books, good voice but a bad singer. Loves music and believes in himself.

Tashaa Bekal

I am currently pursuing my Bachelors in English, Journalism and Psychology. I enjoy writing and spend most of my time drawing and painting random things. I am a dog lover and enjoy cuddling my dog who for some reason hates it.

Anshul Sharma

Aparna Shastri

Kritika Vidyarthi

Shrija Ganguly

Parthabi Kanungo

Hailing from the city of temples, a student of class 11th Humanities and an aspiring lawyer, Parthabi is your girl next door with the hint of a fiery ambition. An avid debater from her early school days and a subsequent MUNer, she is never scared to speak out her mind, all with a hint of diplomacy, of course. An amateur writer and an ardent reader of thriller, fantasy,philosophy and historical fiction, her creative side never really remains unseen. Being someone who takes a keen interest in politics, law and international relations, her ultimate goal remains working for the United Nations.

Alveena Ahmed

Alveena is currently doing her Engineering in Electronics from Oriental Institute of Science and Technology. She's known for her critical thinking and leadership skills. She loves observing people and one of her favourite pass time is to analyse characters.

Anshita Soni

Tanvi Desai

Tanvi is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology and English. She might seem shy and soft-spoken when you initially meet her, but once you get to know her, she can and will drive you bonkers. Being quite weird herself, you can talk to her about anything, be it about life or about your uncle's nose, and she will be ever-ready to listen. Tanvi enjoys writing and reading, and also has an avid interest in learning new languages.


Shrish Ukhalkar

Disha Malviya

Praneta Agrawal

Angeline Alex

Niveditha Purushothaman

Niveditha is currently working as a curriculum and content developer. She is attracted to the earth, wood and wordplay. Dogs, beaches, and rides make her happy. A right brained adventure seeker, she finds solace in things simple and novel.

Akshada Bhise

Ms. Akshada Bhise is working as a Content Developer at The Optimist Citizen and is an Economics graduate. Lauded for her punctuality and sincerity. Akshada is known for her practicality at the time of crisis, she knows how to keep calm in extreme situations. A fond lover of movies and songs, she enjoys entertaining people around her. She has a keen interest in photography,and wishes to pursue this passion in the near future.

Shubham Khairnar

Shubham is currently pursuing Bachelors in Electronics and telecommunication engineering. He is an avid reader and a passionate writer. Due to his calm personality, Shubham is a really easy person to get along with.

Ayushi Shrivastava

"Ayushi Shrivastava is currently pursuing Bachelors in English Honours. She loves reading modern literature and enjoys taking part in debates. An ambivert often found enjoying coffee in the aesthetic corners of the city.
Occasionally loves taking pictures of sunsets and the world around. Someone who enjoys reading philosophical poetry and playing with dogs."

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Diksha Singh Parihar

Varundeep Singh


Hiya Shah

Gurvinder Kaur

Nikita Motwani

Tejaswini Singh

Shreya Dutta

Kshitija Chavan

Tamanna Sengupta

Tamanna is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in biotechnology, along with a part time job of freelance writing. She has a passion for literature, and a way of penning down thoughts. She is an animal lover, an avid reader, and a proud Bengali.

Abesh Bera

Village Square

Village Square is an integrated communications initiative that seeks to inform, analyse, engage and promote rural India among a wider audience.

Anjila Qureshi

Anjila Qureshi is Currently pursuing B.A. English(hons.) from the Bhopal school of social sciences.She is usually found lurking in the Baconian essays, biblical allusions, Shakespearean Sonnets, Gray's Elegies, Diasporan literature, existential texts and american classics etc. She describes herself as a person who is always on a reading vacation and a writing spree. She likes to have a plethora of diaries. She loves music, art, poetry, rain, chivalry and everything literary.

Gunjan Mishra

Gunjan Mishra is working as a Content Developer at The Optimist Citizen and is currently pursuing her bachelor's in Computer Science Engineering. Lauded for her dedication and sincerity, Gunjan is known for her radical behavior and practicality at the time of crisis. A fond lover of Music (all genres), holds special affection for basketball & rifle shooting but enjoys all sports, she also cherishs reading novels in her free time. Blessed with a vivid mind, she has interest in learning about new technologies and developments in all fields.

Suma Perumal

Suma is currently pursuing BA Sociology, secretly wishing to change the world singlehandedly! Believes in food as the cure for all worldly issues! Loves self but not too high to be called a narcissist.

Crispin Ann Innes

Hey! Crispin here! Presently pursuing my MSc in International business from Paris. An ambivert by nature, an avid reader and passionate about writing. Love the outdoors! Baking, cooking, dancing and singing are my favorite hobbies or pastimes!

Rutuja Rokade

Rutuja Rokade, studying in 12th grade, science. Am an avid reader with philosophy in excess for my age. Believe science to be one of the best rationales towards life. Am a medical aspirant, but open-minded for any belief should it shake my beliefs. I refuse to take things at face value, am brought up to be introspective and optimistic (both sides of the same coin). Love writing -paper and pen is the ultimate freedom!


Neeladri Bhattacharjee

Neeladri is currently pursuing Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering. A passionate football fan with interest in poetry, he loves telling stories and listening to them, and eventually learning.

Ashley John

Nayana Subramanya

Nayana is currently pursuing Bachelors in English, Journalism and Psychology. She is shy but loves having meaningful conversations. She tries to read more often than she watches screens.

Arunima Ghosh

Arunima Ghosh is currently pursuing Bachelors in Architecture from IIEST, Shibpur. She is an old soul with a futuristic template, trying to adjust to this chaotic present. She is floating somewhere between a voracious reader and a passionate writer.

Raunak Jain

Isha Agarwal

Bhavani Balaji

Nikhil Sharma

Piyush Ghosh

Ashita Rathore

Aayushi Mehra

Priyansh Soni

Aradhya Singh

Anjuli Thawait

Anidhia Singh

Acchi Khabre

Yogendra Singh

Arunima Bhattacharya

Ayushi Jain

Visakha Mundra

Chandrani Sinha

Chandrani Sinha is a Guwahati-based independent journalist and activist who has a diverse set of interests in the development sector, ranging from Gender, Politics to Environment.

Ishita Lohani

Shreeya Arora

Shreeya Arora is a content writer at AP Janmabhoomi.

Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation directly benefiting over 400,000 children and their families every year, through more than 200 live welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in over 950 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India. To know more about our work and support #MyMissionEducation, please visit

Arushi Chadha

Arushi Chadha is pursuing a Bachelors honors programme in Economics from the hallowed Shri Ram College of Commerce. She is a big movie-enthusiast and an avid reader.

Reshmi Nair

Media Konnect

Media Konnect is exclusively designed ‘Online Global Exchange and Collaboration Platform’ for content creators around the globe. It caters to the challenges posed by media and entertainment industry by bridging up the entire industry personnel in order to discover, connect and collaborate on a streamlined spectrum. With an aim to eliminate the conventional chaos of networking thereby creating a hassle-free and fair port for creative professionals; we intend to grow as a germinating ground for all those who wish to grow with the framework of media and entertainment world.


Rubaroo is a youth development organization based in Hyderabad, India since 2013. Rubaroo works with young people and people who influence them, inspiring leadership for social change. Rubaroo aims to be an empowering space where young people co-create the space to understand themselves better, understand issues that are relevant to their lives and surroundings, take up action in society and build better relationships, to become socially conscious leaders in their own capacity.

Vision India Foundation

Vision India Foundation is a ‘A modern Nation-Building movement' that identifies, trains and mentors bright young minds to make them agents of change. By investing in young individuals, they focus on systemic, long-term reforms by working on public policy, governance and institutional frameworks of the nation.

Vasudhaiva Ride

THE VASUDHAIVA RIDE is a project-driven motorcycle journey from India to Scotland: a two year series of collaborative projects working with a diverse range of organisations, educators, artists, community leaders and communities. The Vasudhaiva Ride is our endeavour to create, share and connect the stories of these radically diverse people and projects working towards peace, sustainable living and community well-being.

Nikita Kothari

Lavanya Rana

Leena Radjibaly

Leena is French but originally traces her lineage from India. She has spent a few years evolving in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation in France. After three years of innovation consulting at Bluenove and after starting her own company, she decided to travel to India to reconnect with her origins and gain a better understanding of the specificity of this growing economy. Currently she is based in Mumbai.

Anannya Saraswat

I am currently pursuing Bachelors of English Honors(2nd year) from PGDAV College, Delhi University. I possess keen observation skills, believe in learning something new with each experience, has a never giving up attitude and keen on improving myself everyday. I believe in incremental growth. Love to read books, both fictional and factual. I am a person who likes to interact with people who can inspire in some or the other way.

Jyoti Yadav

Jyoti has done her B.A(H) in English from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She pursued her M.A in Development Studies from TISS,Mumbai. She is known for her inquisitive nature with a philosophical bent of mind to things around her in general. She possesses interest in refugees, education, Secular ethics,metaphysics, spirituality, Buddhist philosophy and issues of national and international importance.

Mansi Jaiswal

I am currently pursuing B.Com (Hons.) from Benaras Hindu University. I am known for my resourceful and ambivert nature. I dote writing. Additionally I am a bibliophile and like adventure. One can withal call me marginally fitness lover. Also I am remotely moody, and when it comes to my work I like things to be impeccable.

Fiona Jothi Sylvester

Fiona believes that finding a four-leaf clover will be the epitome of success in her life. An avid reader, enthusiastic artist and reluctant engineer, she says that winning over her heart can be achieved in multiple different ways, and all of them include food.

Ritika Chauhan

Ritika Chauhan is a law student in her third year. She can find words to describe anything and everything but herself. She loves everything zero-waste, minimal and vegan.

Srobhona Goswami

Gagandeep Singh


Tanvi Naik

Tanvi is currently pursuing bachelors in arts majoring in sociology. She aspires to do masters in anthropology. She is an ambivert and enjoys quite some time being alone reading books and watching yet another series online. Her interests also include poetry, trekking, and cuddling with cats and dogs.

Shashank Singh

I am pursuing English Honours from Delhi university. I am in ambivert by nature. I am a marvel fan, and follow politics, international relations and development I field of security and defence etc.

Riya Negi

A girl who lives in her own fantasy world, a lover of books, mountains, old Hindi songs,MS Dhoni & chai!

Jyoti Bisht

Currently pursuing bachelors in Engineering. I am a person who loves meaningful talks and believes in empathy. I am a fun-loving person often found near nature. Also, I love meeting people from different cultures. A selenophile. Give me a voice and I might answer from across the mountains whilst savoring my favorite food!

Shikar Mehrotra

Aarushi Batra

Apoorva Mujumdar

Manasa Suresh Shastri

Prakhar Bhartiya

Prakhar Bhartiya is the Co-founder of Indian School of Democracy and Former Founder, ex-CEO of Youth Alliance. He recently completed his Executive Masters in Public Administration from University at Columbia.

Adrija Dutta

Falguni Chaudhary

Ankita Loomba

Bhwani Balaji

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