I studied art for many years. Now I write about art…and other areas including food, wine, fashion, art, travel, culture, spirituality, nature, gender, and gadgets. Yes, I know, I am more fox than hedgehog.
I have been a columnist for Mint Lounge, Hindustan Times Brunch and The National Abu Dhabi. I am overseas correspondent for Radio New Zealand, and previously, was commentator for National Public Radio (NPR). A television show called Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie thought me eccentric enough to feature as a character in five episodes. Trailer here. I do podcasts about ancient India, birds and wine.
I write books. Non fiction memoirs. Five so far and more (hopefully) on the way.
I have taught at IIM-Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. I graduated from the Columbia Journalism Program which awarded me a Pulitzer Fellowship– I used it to spend time in Israel. I also won a James Beard award. I am an alumnus of Mount Holyoke College and Women’s Christian College, Chennai.
I love handcrafted textiles and founded Project LooM, a website that showcases India’s handloom clusters. I am fascinated by aesthetics: how the human race created objects of beauty such as jewellery, textiles, crafts and perfumes.
I serve on the board of Neev Academy and Industree Foundation.