News junkie, writer, traveler, always ready for an adventure and marathon runner
For more than 25 years I worked in a newsroom: the adrenaline rush that you get with breaking news, the head rush of seeing your story going as the lead story in the newspaper to working behind the scenes in a TV newsroom. Travelling to meet people, interviewing celebrities was all in a day’s work. I am now a travel and food writer for newspapers and magazines like Lonely Planet. Economic Times, New Indian Express to name a few. I took to running at the age of 49 and more than 6 half marathons. Running has become an addiction and almost every weekend is spent participating in a running event.
Travel to me is al about soaking in all aspects of a place from its people & culture to its food and landscape. I have travelled extensively for work as a journalist meeting and interviewing a range of people from celebrities to the ordinary citizen.
So, when I decided to move from journalism, the natural transition was travel. I put all of my skills together to create a travel company that thrives on crafting special experiences. Soul Purpose was born out of that passion and energy to see more, do more and experience more.
I welcome each traveller on a voyage of discovery with Soul Purpose. Enjoy. Experience. Travel.
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“Yes, I have learnt something unique from this trip and that is “the art of stillness” in various activities — sitting at the bonfire under the star-studded sky, the long desert safari, coming across trees like the kejri (looking like a tree on fire), Neelgai sitting in harmony with the wilderness, black bucks flirting, flocks of crane basking in the sun. Thank you Soul Purpose for giving me this opportunity to make Nature my best friend.”
Samima De, Classical Musician
My experience on the Soul Purpose Urban Gypsy tour was fantastic from start to finish. Mimi and Vidya were excellent hosts, and I am so thankful that I found Soul Purpose.
The tour was well organized, and I felt safe travelling in a group of women, who are now my new friends
Andreanna Humphrey, I-T Engineer
Thanks to Soul Purpose Travel, the adventure travel for women, I could realize my dream. I could attend the Hornbill Festival held at heritage village, Kisama, in December from 1 to 10. It showcased Nagaland in all its splendour.
J Bhagyalakshmi, Journalist
This was an eight-day vacation like no other for my little girl Anushka and me. From start to finish – worry free, thoughtfully planned, the professionalism of the guide, enthusiasm of the porters, the class of the chef – were outstanding! This being my 4th trip with Soul Purpose is in itself a testimony to how wonderful it’s been to be with them….need I say more!!”