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:
Travel & Places
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
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.
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:
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:
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
Me, myself and I – how personal branding can help you – Financial Chronicle, October 9, 2015
Ties that bind – In Financial Chronicle