In June 2015, I moved back to my home state, Assam, to dive into journalism, and have been doing much more than travel writing. I’ve worked with Al Jazeera English, The Atlantic and few other international publications & am also a Bitch Media 2016 Writing Fellow. Updated portfolio here: https://saritasantoshini.contently.com
A night in the forest ( 16th September, 2015)
My story about returning to the forest of my childhood, Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary.
The road through nowhere (28th February, 2015)
My story about experiences and discoveries during a nostalgic road trip to Meghalaya after 13 years was published as a two-page feature in Mint Lounge. I write about travelling through well trodden roads, yet gaining a deeper understanding and different perspective of the state and its people on the way.
Majuli, Assam – An Isle of Feasts (27th September, 2014)
My story about Porag, the lesser-known festival of the Mishing community of Majuli Island in Assam, was published as a centre spread in the special travel issue of Mint Lounge. (Special Travel Issue Theme – Wet Dreams: On the Waterfront)
National Geographic Traveller India
8 Affordable Stays in Northeast India (24th March, 2015)
In this piece for NGT India, I recommend stay options which offer local experience in some of the most accessible parts (like Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim and West Bengal) of Northeast India.
Roads and Kingdoms
I wrote a short piece about my experience of drinking the local rice wine, Apong, during the Galo tribe’s annual harvest festival in Arunachal Pradesh.
Conde Nast Traveller India
As a Features Intern for the bi-monthly magazine, I wrote some short, researched pieces (and managed to get a byline a few times.) –
Travel Secrets Magazine
I worked as a Correspondent for Travel Secrets Magazine for a year and wrote a number of feature stories, restaurant reviews, food pieces and researched stories for them. You can read some of them below:
Feature Stories –
Majuli – Assam’s Shrinking Island (May-June 2014)
Into the Wild: Chitvan Jungle Lodge (Mar-April 2014)
Spellbound in Spiti (Jan-Feb 2014)
Kerala Lovers: Been to Varkala yet? (Nov-Dec 2013)
Expert Series –
What are some of the best Summer Himalayan treks in India? (May-June 2014)
How do you travel with pets on a Domestic flight in India? (May-June 2014)
How do I plan and pack for a Winter trip to Europe? (Jan-Feb 2014)
The Hans India English Daily
Eat like a Local – Hyderabad (22nd February, 2015) – A piece I had initially written for Travelyaari in March, 2014 was recently featured and republished in the Sunday magazine of The Hans India, an English daily published in Hyderabad and circulated in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Spiti – A Dustland Fairytale (21st November, 2013)
– A slightly modified version of the story was also Published in the blog of Spiti Ecosphere.
5 Charming Winter Escapes near Delhi (22nd December, 2014)
4 Reasons to travel to Ratnagiri this winter (5th November, 2014)
Purushwadi – A night lit by fireflies (5th October, 2014)
5 Lesser-Known Getaways near Darjeeling (15th August, 2014)
A Local’s Travel Guide to Assam (26th May, 2014)
4 Offbeat Getaways for Beach lovers in India (4th May, 2014)
Eat like a Local: Hyderabad (8th March, 2014)
I worked as the Content Editor for SaffronStays, a booking platform for homestays located in some stunning locations in India. A part of my work included travelling for them. Other than curating and editing content of their blog, I’ve also written a few experiential pieces for them :
A Glimpse of Rural Rajasthan – Bishnoi Villages, Jodhpur (6th November, 2014)
A Walk to Remember – Mawphlang, Meghalaya (6th October, 2014)
Memories of a Dreamy Village – Chimney, Darjeeling (30th September, 2014)
Empowered in a Beautiful Tea Estate – Makaibari, Darjeeling (29th September, 2014)
Going off the Grid in Sikkim – Lingee Payong, Sikkim (9th August, 2014)
Indian Woman Travellers leading the way into 2014 (September, 2014)