Travel Writing

I was born in San Diego, California to parents from South India and was infected with the travel bug at the age of of two months, when my mom took me halfway across the world to meet our family. 30 years and 44 countries later, I am now sure that there is no cure.

Thus, I took my international upbringing to the maximum, living and working in the United States, France, Spain, Nepal, and Indonesia. I believe that travel is a way to bring good to the world, by connecting people, issues, and building a global community. Travel is a lens to see the world – too often, we only see what we want to see. I hope to break barriers and show the world as it is, by connecting it to history, society, and our own selves.

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Blog Posts

Asian Street Food is Fast Food

Ubiquitous, cheap, filling, and, most importantly, delicious. Street food and Indonesia are often seen as one and the same. They are outside the shopping malls of Jakarta, providing a cheap alternative to western-priced fare inside for mall staff, tucked into alleys... read more

The Rise and Fall of Couchsurfing

Last year, after finals, I decided to take a break and attend the weekly Couchsurfing meetup in New York City. Though I was an active traveler before, Couchsurfing in Europe and Asia and hosting and organizing events in San Francisco, here, in New York, school and... read more

There’s Something about Malaysia

It’s now been more than five years since I returned from my first great voyage, my around the world trip. It often feels like it was much further than that, mostly because of how much my perspective on traveling has changed. During that trip, I visited 28... read more

Cape Town’s Old World Fusion

Up, on the slopes of Signal Hill, in a picturesque neighborhood of colorful, old Cape Town homes, was an amazing neighborhood, Bo Kaap, the Malay quarter, home to the mostly Islamic descendants of slaves from modern-day Indonesia and Malaysia, who’s arrived here... read more

French Myths Exposed (and confirmed)

From Marseille, France Agrandir le plan I promised this post – exposing some of the French stereotypes that pervade our (read: American) thinking about Europe. There’s a motto about traveling, especially when you go to a place with expectation, that you... read more

Five Favorite Places in San Francisco

I’ve been living in San Francisco for over a year now, and in that year, I’ve made it a point to try to explore what San Francisco has to offer. I finally feel, after months and months of effort, that I know San Francisco, and that I know where to go, what... read more
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