I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. Long before I was willing to acknowledge it. It started with submitting my poems and essays to local community magazines while growing up, to later writing for the school magazine, editing a high-school weekly journal and eventually choosing Literature as one of my three main subjects in college.
I then dabbled in an exciting (but exhausting!) career in copywriting with multiple big and small agencies between 2006-2010 before I moved to Goa in 2010 with my husband, seeking a quieter, simpler life. I had two of the most fruitful professional years here, working in a communication agency. Life in Goa gave me the space, freedom and most importantly, the stillness and solitude, to explore other interests and find multiple means to enrich myself.
In 2012, I opted out of full-time work and copywriting to focus on other forms of writing as an attempt to flex my writing muscle, writing about things that excited me (as opposed to what a brand or a client expected of me). I wrote a moderately successful (and now defunct) food-blog for six years, and ran a small home-baking business for a couple of years alongside freelance writing.
Eventually, I launched my career as a full-time freelance writer in 2014. This work-style allows me ample creativity and flexibility to write about a variety of topics close to my heart – life and living, travel, food, art and stories about people, especially women. I have had bylines appear in Live Mint, Conde Nast Traveller India, BuzzFeed, The Telegraph, The Hindu, VICE, The Establishment, Times City, and Huffington Post, to name just a few. You can see a complete portfolio of some of my recent work here.
I was also featured in an anthology of essays along with 100 other women writers in GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos Of Our Time, published by Frontenac House, Canada.
Halfway through 2017, I moved cities and decided to live between Bangalore and Goa. My other interests include reading, dabbling in my kitchen, fitness and cycling, photography, reading tarot and oracle cards, and alternate healing and therapy.
I’ve been writing this blog for a decade now, and particularly after I quit social media in 2017, I’ve been making up for it by posting much too frequently here. And mirroring some select posts in a newsletter that goes out at least three times a month.