My Malaysia bucket list

As much as I would love to spend an evening sipping a cosmopolitan in MARINI’s on 57 with the Petronas Twin Tower looming right in front of me and a 360 degree view of… Continue reading

Into the Wild – Chitvan Jungle Lodge

This piece was originally published in the March-April 2014 issue of Travel Secrets magazine. Read the published version here: Into the Wild – Chitvan Jungle Lodge  —– I alight from a local bus… Continue reading

Beyond oil refineries – Digboi, Assam

Every time I drive around Assam, I very attentively soak up its beautiful countryside view:  green-blue-yellow houses, stretches of paddy fields and tea gardens, makeshift markets selling fresh catch from the river, and… Continue reading

Spellbound in Spiti

This piece was first published in Travel Secrets Magazine. Read the published version here: Spellbound in Spiti  —– I sit sandwiched between my driver, Pemba, and another traveller, Jyoti, as the landscape shifts with every… Continue reading

Jungle escape to Kanha

I was enviously reading about Kafka Tamura, the central character of Haruki Murakami’s book Kafka on the Shore, flipping the pages that describe in detail his days spent alone in a log cabin… Continue reading

Eternal in Kutch

We were on the road again. Sincerely paying heed to the advice of locals since we got here, we were driving towards a spot that wasn’t part of our packed itinerary for the… Continue reading

Why do I want to travel?

Having been born and raised in the tea gardens of Assam, the earliest of my childhood memories are of daily drives across a stretch of forest (converted to a wildlife reserve a few… Continue reading

Sun-kissed purity of Varkala

This piece was first published in the Nov-Dec 2013 issue of Travel Secrets Magazine. Some words vary. Published story has photographs contributed by a professional.  —— I am sitting in Café Del Mar,… Continue reading

Spiti – A Dustland Fairytale

Three weeks after returning to Bombay, I shut myself from the frenzy outside and sit finishing my first story about Spiti. As I try explaining my struggle with words when sending postcards from… Continue reading

The Assam of my childhood

Since the last ten years, I visit this beautifully rustic wilderness called Assam, like a tourist. Every summer and early winter, I come home to dwell in the unhurried life that I ever… Continue reading