Freelance writing

Writing is a part of me

Writing is a part of me. Conversely, a part of me can be seen in everything I write. My writings usually spring from deeply personal experiences, close observation and my sense of wry humour. They carry an original interpretation, a unique voice and a certain joie de vivre.

I write on topics that are close to my heart: such as travel, music, business & entrepreneurship, food and parenting. I see writing as a way to nourish these themes within myself, while at the same time, sharing my experiences with others.

My pieces have found place in leading publications like Conde Nast Traveller, Scoot, Tiger Tales, Christian Science Monitor, Travel3sixty, JetWings, Spice Route, Financial Chronicle, Swarajya, happytrips.com, NEN Online, Your Story and the online version of Sruti, which is India’s premier magazine on music and performing arts.

An essay of mine, titled “Life on the Edge” finds place in a book called ‘Railonama‘. This is an anthology of poems, essays and stories revolving around the magic of train travel. The book is available here.

If you want to commission any writing or editing work on any of these themes, I am your guy – travel, culture, music, food, health, lifestyle, business and parenting. I am open to writing content for brands too.
Some publications I have written for are:

Published work

Travel & Places

Taste of the townon some signature eateries in Bangalore that serve local fare. Silkwinds, September 2017. Click on this title and turn to Page 20.

Heels, wheels and holidays – on how more Indians are embracing running and riding vacations. The Hindu, August 23, 2017.

In search of Mirza Ghaliba pilgrimage to where the poet lived and died in Old Delhi. Khaleej Times Wknd., August 11, 2017

Crown Jewel – on the beautiful palace of Padmanabhapuram. Gulf Life, August 2017.

Marine history – how to spend a weekend in Kannur. Mint, July 28, 2017.

Knocking about in Kannur – soaking in the leisurely charms of Kannur, a small town in North Kerala. JetWings, July 2018.

A writer’s life – in which I give you an enchanting glimpse of the life and times of R.K. Narayan in Mysore.  Mint, May 19, 2017.

Colonial Lucknow – in which I trace the connection of this Awadhi city to the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and marvel at the native embroidery style of chikan.  Mint, April 13 2017.

Walking the boulevards of Lucknow – cover story in the April 2017 issue of Vistara, Air Vistara’s in-flight magazine. Click on the link and turn to page 30 to read the story.

History through art – on how history, art and the sea come together at Fort Kochi, making it a great place for a vacation. In Mint – Jan 19, 2017.

Travel trends in 2017  (What to expect in the new year) – The cover story in Trujetter magazine, Jan-Feb 2017 issue.  Click on this link and turn to page 26-27.

Steeped in tradition – on the lush mountain town of Munnar in Kerala, and its tea legacy. In Tiger Tales, Jan-Feb 2017. Click on the link above and turn to page 40 for the story.

An insider’s guide to the Margazhi festival in Chennai – in Conde Nast Traveller India, December 2016

Temple Tales – in Trujetter, September 2016 issue (please look under the section titled ‘Culture’).

Soul-searching in Auroville – Scoot magazine, Aug-September issue, 2016. Click on this link and turn to Page 19 of the magazine to read the piece.

Rains and akka’s abode – in Mint, August 26, 2016.

9 lovely breakfasts to have in Bangalore – Conde Nast Traveller India, August 3, 2016.

Shelf life – exploring the old-world bookstores of Bangalore. In Tiger Tales-Asia, Nov-Dec 2015.

Soulful Experiences – in SpiceRoute, October 2015.

48 hours in Kochi – in SpiceRoute, July 2015.

Bangalore on your plate! – in Financial Chronicle, March 2015.

A taste of the cardamom hills – about and around Kumily in Kerala. In Jetwings International, January 2015; page 59

Singaara Chennai – in Travel3sixty (the in-flight magazine of Air Asia), December 2014 issue

48 hours in Bengaluru – in Spice Route (the in-flight magazine of Spice Jet), December 2014 issue

The magic of Malabar – on happytrips.com

Glorious Galle – In JetWings International (the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways), February 2012 issue, Page 27

Food

Taste of the town – on some signature eateries in Bangalore that serve local fare. Silkwinds, September 2017. Click on this title and turn to Page 20.

5 new watering holes in Bengaluru – MW magazine (Man’s World), July 2017.

9 lovely breakfasts to have in Bangalore – Conde Nast Traveller India, August 3, 2016

A mouthful of heaven – on the biryani and how it binds people together in India. In Financial Chronicle, July 2015

Something’s brewing – on the emergence of the craft beer culture in the top cities of India. In Financial Chronicle.

Music

Madras, music, margazhi – on the annual Carnatic music and dance festival held in Madras, JetWIngs, Nov 2015

Sound of healing – how music is helping autistic children lead a happier life

Memories of the Mandolin Man – in Financial Chronicle

The following pieces were published in the online version of Sruti, India’s premier magazine for music and performing arts:

Drumming up a storm

He touched a chord with his sitar

An enchanting violin recital

A sabha-hopper’s guide to enjoying the music season

 

People

Shadab Hassan – change agent in a village in Jharkhand – in Christian Science Monitor

Health and lifestyle

Tyred and tested – in Financial Chronicle

Wheels of joy – in Financial Chronicle

Honey, I plumped the kids! – in Financial Chronicle

 

Bringing up a child/child-development

My regular column on mycity4kids.com, a popular portal on children’s upbringing, their development and the parent-child relationship:

Bringing our little one home

What gender stories are we telling our children?

The thing about love

To give in or not to give in?

Keep the chill out and the fun, in

Let’s make 2017 a leap year for our children

The family that cooks together comes closer

A nutritious snack to keep me going

My struggles with weight loss

As you turn 6

When will we men step up for our wives?

Eat rough, if you want to live fine.

Five ways to bond with your child

You know you are a dad when….

How I got my Sally

A great way to start the day

Our little back-to-school ritual

Is your child being bullied?

Discovering the magic of words

A boxful of memories

Moving to a new place: misplaced anxiety

Our bucket list for the summer holidays

15 things we adults can learn from children

Dear young mom, are you actually a barren woman?

Recycling waste at home – a new beginning

Buying stuff for children – no child’s play

The call of the great outdoors

Hum bhi agar bachche hotey

Making our children entrepreneurial

Rape in the land of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati

Your child could be a genius. She needs your help. 

Oh, for a burden-free childhood!

Giving children a long rope

What dream will your child have?

A do-it-yourself childhood

Bonding with my child, one hug and one dance at a time

King of fruits, queen of hearts

It’s not just about Maggi

For single mothers, every day is Mother’s day. And Father’s Day, too!

What did you give today?

You have just one life, my child; so, make it count

Am I a good parent?

The right school for my child

Tradition – an endangered species

Unleash the music lover in your child

How innocent is that rhyme, actually?

Are we plumping our kids?

The joys of free play

A gadget-free childhood

Cry, baby cry

Our wonderful world of books

Child safety and you

 

Entrepreneurship

Going Places – on F5 Escapes in mindyourbusiness.in

Campus Tycoons – In Financial Chronicle

Start-up Founders: why two are better than one – On nenonline.tv

Why your start-up needs a mentor – On yourstory.com

 

Brands and Branding

Brands in crisis – don’t be an ostrich! – in Brand Wagon, Financial Express, July 2015

Me, myself and I – how personal branding can help you – Financial Chronicle, October 9, 2015

Communities

Ties that bind – In Financial Chronicle