About Us

Maktoob is a media initiative based Delhi, in India. It was founded in the southern state Kerala, in March, 2014, with an aim of ensuring an equal and unbiased space for discussion, dialogue and dissemination of information and news. Maktoob publishes news and features in English and the regional language, Malayalam.

In the recent decades, media ownership had concentrated in the hands of few corporations and conglomerates. This has lead to a narrowing of range of voices and opinions being expressed. And here, Maktoob is trying to make a change. Through news, views and analyses of  ground reports, Maktoob aims to play the part of a small media that aids in a big revolution of justice, liberty and equality.

Maktoob showcases continuous efforts to empower individual citizen and promote democratic ideals through the spread of accurate and humanized editorial content.  The Caste, Class conflicts of diverse Indian society is given utmost editorial importance and we stand against the fascist ideologies.

As a media platform, Maktoob is firmly committed to the democracy and puluralism. Through news, views, analyses and regular interactions, Maktoob provides readers with a composite unbiased picture of the world around them.

Submissions

Maktoob welcomes submissions in the form of reportage, personal narratives, translations, analyses, poetry, fiction, reviews, interviews, photo essays, —any work that you might find relevant to us. We do not consider material previously published. If you don’t have any work published yet, feel free to send us a pitch of no more than 600 words. Send your ideas and submissions to [email protected] You should hear from us in about three days.

Founders

Aslah Kayyalakkath, Founder Editor

Aslah is the Founding Editor of Maktoob. He has pursued postgraduation in History from Nalanda University, Bihar and Diploma in Turkish Language from Universıty of Anadolu, Turkey. His reports also appear in Al Jazeera. Contact him in his email [email protected]

Naseel Voici, Founder Editor

Naseel, Founder Editor of Maktoob managed the editorial activities of Maktoob until April 2015 and took a leave from the position, as he joined Malayala Manorama Group. He started his 9+year career in the media industry in 2011 as a freelance journalist. Postgraduate in Mass Communication, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and English literature, he is an avid traveller and has published various articles in leading dailies and also a book titled ‘Phir Milenge’. Currently, he acts as the Consulting editor.

Our team

Shaheen Abdulla, Creative Editor 

Shaheen Abdulla is the Creative Editor of Maktoob. Shaheen has directed a documentary on NRC issue in Assam , ‘In a state of doubt’ and the documentary received wide comments and discussion across India. In 2020 June, Shaheen won the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) Award in the print and electronic media category. He also studies convergent journalism in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Shakeeb KPA, Photojournalist 

Shakeeb KPA is our most trusted multimedia journalist. He has worked for several projects including Tamasha, a Malayalam movie and Furqan Reality Show in MediaOne TV, and is currently a student of P.G. Diploma in Still Photography & Visual Communication in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He coordinates the production and designing activities including video shooting, editing and making posters and info graphics.