Anjana Balakrishnan

External Consultant | anjanab at iihs dot ac dot in


2008    MSc, Communication, Manipal University, Karnataka
2006   BA, Psychology, English and Journalism, Bangalore University, Karnataka




Countries: India
States: Karnataka
Cities: Bengaluru
Languages: Malayalam, English, Hindi

Anjana is a writer and editor with over 9 years of experience in all aspects of online communication including content creation, planning, publishing, optimisation and management. She began her career in 2009 as a copyeditor for academic titles at Macmillan Publishing Solutions. At Janaagraha, she created and managed online content for their anti-corruption initiative, As a freelancer, she has written and edited for brands like Cinnamon Teal, Time Out, Child Rights and You, Books and More, The Hindu, Woman’s Era and The Week’s Smart Life.


At Ashoka, she worked on communicating the incredible work of social entrepreneurs to a wider, more relevant audience using web analytics. As a digital analyst, she tweaked their brand narrative to work for the web. She also led content projects, collaborating with international teams to optimise delivery on their content strategies, CMS management and social media outreach.


In 2017, she completed her first collection of short stories. Her first story was published in Helter Skelter’s Anthology of New Writing Edition VI, in 2018. Another one is expected to be published in Singapore-based Kitaab International’s The Best Asian Short Stories 2018. She worked with theatre group KathaSiyah as a dramaturg to adapt Girish Karnad’s play, Nagamandala, into Malayalam. Her children’s story, Zayne’s Day With the Sun, was published in Cambridge English national curriculum (CBSE and ICSE) course material. Her book reviews have appeared in The News Minute, The Wire, Deccan Herald and Herizons.

Book Chapters

  • Balakrishnan, A. (2018). For Chikki’s sake, in the anthology. In D. Dhar & Z. Anjum (Eds.), The best Asian short stories. Singapore: Kitaab International.
  • Balakrishnan, A. (2018). On her own In M. Kandasamy & E. de Souza (Eds). Dissent: The Helter Skelter’s anthology of new writing (Vol. 6).
  • Balakrishnan, A. (2018). Zayne’s day with the sun. Cambridge, UK. : Cambridge University Press.


Other Writing 

Public Intellectual Writing:

  • Book review: Travels Through South Indian Kitchens’: A Japanese architect’s travelogue cookbook
  • Book review: These stories from the Kadar tribe strike the right notes
  • Book Review: Perumal Murugan’s ‘Current Show’ is a novel about the uncertainties the young feel
  • Book Review: Meera’s writing is magic that makes everyday stories into extraordinary ones
  • Book Review: ‘Island of Lost Shadows’ is an uncanny satire on Kerala’s political and cultural climate
  • Book review: What is it like to be gay in small town Karnataka and love in fear?
  • Book review: Finding The Way To A Man’s Heart With Coffee in The Wire (2017)
  • Balakrishnan, A. (2011, June 04). Remembering the forgotten. Deccanherald.
  • Balakrishnan, A. (2010, April 17). An enchanting storyteller. Deccanherald.