I'm a writer and editor based in New York. Most of my work is about art, travel and meditation.
I started writing in a diary when I was six; entries revolved around meat loaf dinners and episodes of Diff'rent Strokes. A few years later, I began making up ineffective techniques of meditation, though I didn't yet know that word. Once I learned how to write better (with help from Swarthmore College) and meditate properly (thank you, S.N. Goenka), I found that traveling goes well with both – a perfect trifecta for tracking down pretty things, everyday curiosities, and new forms of kindness.
My early overseas stints – to India, Nepal, Honduras, Ghana – alternated with editorial jobs at ARTnews magazine and Fodor's Travel Publications, where I also wrote on the side. My first national clip was about an art exhibition on a train.
I later gave up offices altogether and moved to West Africa, where I spent four years writing and translating, editing at the African Union newswire, dancing sabar, and traveling. I gradually started spending more time in Bombay and Hyderabad than in Dakar and Accra, and these days most of my trips are to South Asia.
I write a lot for Lonely Planet, but my work has also appeared in The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, The Boston Globe Magazine, Ms., O, The Oprah Magazine, ARTnews, Art & Australia, and Tricycle, The Buddhist Review. I still write in my diary.
When I'm not on the road, I write with an Oulipian collective, practice (hopelessly) my Bambaiyya Hindi, and plan my next trip.