Launched in January 2014, Humans of Bombay captures the riveting lives of the people of Bombay and helps its audience to get to know the stranger on the street a little bit better. Over 2 years, it has grown in strength to become a community of over 600,000 humans willing to appreciate and get inspired by other peoples’ stories. Not just that, the community has been extremely supportive of one another and has even managed to raise over 40 Lakh rupees, for various NGOs.
Karishma Mehta was born and brought up in Bombay. She attended Bombay Scottish School till the 10th grade and then went to The International School Bangalore to complete school. She went on to major in Business Economics from the University of Nottingham.
Having always followed the Humans of New York blog, she decided to start Humans of Bombay in January 2014 not knowing that it would have the kind of impact it does today. She wanted to challenge the way that people look at Bombay and prove to the world that Bombay isn’t only about poverty and slums but a lot more about diversity.
As the founder of Humans of Bombay, she has been profiled in leading newspapers like Times of India, NDTV, Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle. She has also given Ted x Talks at DAIS and OIS and hosted a panel at the UN Young Changemakers Conclave where she interviewed several subjects from Humans of Bombay.
Through Humans of Bombay the Book, she has fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an author and hopes that these short stories can touch her audience in the same way that they’ve impacted her.