When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter, she can be found traipsing around the jungles of India. In her spare time, she works so she can fund those trips and expensive Potter books. She is Editor Scissorhands at Pratham Books where she dreams up picture books.
She's the author of two children's books - So You Want to Know About the Environment and What's Neema Eating Today? Her book The Seed Savers will be published in 2018 and A Cloud Called Bhura in 2019. She has written essays for Rohan Chakaravarty's comic book, The Great Indian Nature Trail with Uncle Bikky and contributed short stories to two anthologies, Prankenstein and Grandma's Tales.
Bijal is the former editor of Time Out Bengaluru. She has been a communication consultant with Fairtrade Asia Pacific and Humane Society International/India and writes about children’s literature and sustainable development as a freelance journalist. She was also a columnist with The Hindu-Mumbai.
She has worked as a journalist at Time Out Mumbai, where she edited the Around Town city section and the Kids section. At the same time, she worked as the South Asia Co-ordinator for 350.org, an international movement that’s working on the climate crisis. Here, she helmed events such as 10/10/10, a global day of climate action and 350 Earth, a satellite art project, and handled social media.
She has a masters in Environment Security and Peace with a specialization in Climate Change and Security at the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Here, apart from getting her masters degree.
Bijal was also part of the launch team of Disney Adventures, a children’s magazine where she wrote and worked closely with schools and has previously headed Kids for Tigers, a school contact programme on conservation by Sanctuary Asia and managed the media department of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, India.