Romanticising train travel in India

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This story was first published in The Better India, on September 8, 2015, ┬átitled: This is why I cannot stop travelling by Indian trains. Read it here. The sun was pink and gold as it rose over the plains, getting bigger and bigger as the train sped through the fields. I was standing at the door of Trivandrum Mail, with … Read More

Happy Onam!

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This is definitely one of my favourite festivals. I’m blessed to be surrounded by Mallu friends – Onam means Sadya, pookalam and happy feelings!

India on a map!

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A map created for GoMowgli (, a travel start-up based in South India. We carefully picked must-see places for a first time visitor to India ­čÖé If you have more to add, leave your suggestions in the comments! Click here┬áfor a larger view. And here for the image without text.┬á    

Manjapra, a little-known village in God’s own country

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This story was first published by Tripoto on June 19,┬á2015. Read it here. When Dee invited me over to stay at her farmhouse in Manjapra, Kerala, for a few days, I jumped at the idea. I’ve always been biased towards this South Indian state, having visited a few times earlier, and was enchanted by the idea of staying in a … Read More

Why Coorg keeps calling me back

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This story was first published by Tripoto on May 26, 2015. Read it here Image credit: Ramya Sriram┬á Dark-leaved coffee plantations. Waterfalls cascading down hills. Pepper vines winding their way around tall trees. ┬áMisty morning walks. Smiling peaceful people. If there’s any place that’s called me back again and again, it’s Coorg, nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. I … Read More

WanderTales #2

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In this second issue of WanderTales, Neelima and I bring you the single most ingredient that makes for a quintessential road trip. Here’s to the countless cups of chai we’ve all had on the go!

Wandertales #1

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I’m excited to announce that I will be collaborating with Neelima Vallangi of The Wandering Soul’s Wander Tales┬áto bring you a bi-monthly travel comic strip, “WANDERTALES”!┬áNeelima is a writer, photographer, traveller, trekker, and an inspiration ­čÖé She writes the stories. I draw the comics. Together, we bring to you little visual stories about travel experiences, insights, incidents and learnings. Check … Read More