The Hooghly Review is a digital non-profit and free-access magazine of literature, culture & arts with the aim to shine a light on emerging and underrated writers, storytellers, poets, artists, and other creatives across the globe. Named and conceptualised by Tejaswinee Roychowdhury in July 2022, she invited fellow writer-poet and friend, Ankit Raj Ojha, onboard in October 2022. The two have since been editing the magazine, expanding and developing it, and building its foundations to humbly serve the literary community in the years to come.
Our focus is on individuals and their lived experiences rather than on social/political/religious/cultural communities at large because we understand and recognise how truly alone and cornered one can feel when shunned by their community—those they thought they belonged with, for the 'crime' of going against the accepted norms and/or stepping outside the group-think. Additionally, we believe in the inherent goodness of all human beings despite their many imperfections because it is easy to be lost in this insanely difficult world; we believe in reformation and rehabilitation rather than in shaming and retribution, and thus, we believe in second chances. As such, this is a space for creative expression by all individuals including rebels, free-thinkers, outcasts, and fallen angels.
We want diverse voices and pride ourselves on not practising censorship either on the creative works we publish or of artists while at the same time not allowing and/or enabling hate speech and/or bigoted arguments backed by historical and/or factual inaccuracies.
Balance, truth, empathy, and flow are the key aesthetics of our magazine.
meet the team
editors in conversation
What advice can you offer others interested in starting their own magazine?
— Jim Harrington
Better have a good team. [...] Establish a rhythm, and have shared values and visions. For me, Ankit and I just clicked in inexplicable ways. We are a good team. Period. There is more spontaneity than planning in the way THR operates. We are willing to stumble, get back up, learn, and grow, over and over again.
I feel that to keep a magazine up and running you have to make it as much about your contributors and readers as it is about you as showrunner. [...] Be a positive force in the publishing industry. [...] Keep the technicalities tight, work hard, treat your audience as you would your friends, and hope for the best while being prepared for the worst.