A night on an island in a tiger reserve!

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A version of this story, titled “Fiercely protected, fearlessly wild”, was first published by The Pollachi Papyrus on 21 October 2015. Read it here. Spread over 640 km2, and surrounded by forests on all sides, the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is home to a large number of endangered and endemic species – tigers, elephants, langurs, macaques, bears, bison, deer and various birds, … Read More

Romanticising train travel in India

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This story was first published in The Better India, on September 8, 2015,  titled: 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 (gomowgli.in), a travel start-up based in South India. We carefully picked must-see places for a first time visitor to India 🙂 If you have more to add, leave your suggestions in the comments! Click here for a larger view. And here for the image without text.     

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

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This story was first published by Tripoto on June 19, 2015. 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  Dark-leaved coffee plantations. Waterfalls cascading down hills. Pepper vines winding their way around tall trees.  Misty 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 to bring you a bi-monthly travel comic strip, “WANDERTALES”! Neelima is a writer, photographer, traveller, trekker, and an inspiration 🙂 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