A freelance writer, my writing reflects my broad range of interests, including travel, lifestyle, food, corporate, business, science, culture and personal comment (op ed). I am also currently working on two books, an autobiography that deals with life choices, loss, grief and travel, and a semi-biographical work that looks at the migration of Indians to East Africa.
Comment - SBS
A personal article published in SBS on why I don't celebrate Mother's Day
Contributor - Dadic Legal
I am a ghost contributor to the Dadic Legal blog. Dadic Legal is a niche commercial law firm based in Sydney. An example of my writing is in the link.
Contributor - PLAN Australia
PLAN Australia is a mortgage aggregation group with approximately 1,300 mortgage professionals. I've contributed several articles to assist their writers manage their businesses, from maximising centres of influence to navigating how to sell their business.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Sales Enablement Leaders: Provide the Right Numbers
This article was written for MindTickle, a sales readiness software platform. It explains how sales leaders can provide access to the right numbers to make actionable changes to their process, coaching or training.
Konark Temple: Stories in Stone
Published in The Australian - “Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man,” wrote 1913 Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore about the stunning sun temple of Konark in Odisha, India
Exploring Nagaland: Villages, Homestays and Men in the Kitchen
Published in About.com - Nagaland is like the last wild frontier of India. Here's my guide to visiting Nagaland.
The Mysteries of Ancient Mayan Civilisation
Published in A Magazine - Off the beaten track, the mysterious Mayan ruins of Central America are worthy of attention.
Audio Tour of Mahabalipuram
Scripted and narrated a guided tour of Mahabalipuram for Audio Compass. The tour takes the listener througha detailed tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed sights of each town, including Arjuna's Penance, The Five Rathas and the Shore Tepmle. The tour is available by downloading the Audio Compass app on iTunes or Google Play.
Accenture Presents Innovation Jockeys 4
Innovation Jockeys 4 was a partnership between Accenture and Yahoo India, hunting for India's most innovative minds. Undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students across India were invited to submit innovative ideas for using technology to transform India along the themes of 'Cognitive Computing and Internet of Things' and 'Digital Application Marketplace'. As contributor and consulting editor to this project, I was responsible for creating content to inspire and encourage participants, and edit existing content.
Majuli Island Assam Essential Travel Guide
Published in About.com - A place of unparalleled beauty and tranquility in India, Majuli Island is not surprisingly one of India's top off the beaten track destinations.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Assam Essential Travel Guide
Published in About.com - One of the best opportunities you’ll have of seeing a one-horned rhinoceros in India is by visiting Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
The View Over Bagan
Published in A Magazine - Beautiful, aged temples nestle quietly on the Plains of Bagan in the Mandalay region of Burma. The almost surreal landscape they create beckon the traveller to explore the mysteries within.
Audio Tour of Chennai and Pondicherry
Scripted and narrated a guided tour of Chennai and Pondicherry for Audio Compass. The tour takes the listener through the major sights of each city, including Auroville and where to shop and eat. The tours are available by downloading the Audio Compass app on iTunes or Google Play.
A Champagne Lifestyle On A Beer Budget In Exhilarating Mumbai
Published in International Living - Bounded by water on a peninsula, and dripping in colour and exotic flavours, life in Mumbai is exhilarating. As India’s economic boom continues, the financial capital of the country continues to expand, evolve and reinvent itself. This guide is for anyone considering moving to Mumbai.
Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Trail
Published in A Magazine - For those that want to head off the main busy tourist paths of Sri Lanka - why not slow down and follow in the footsteps of our newest A Magazine contributor, Rakhee Ghelani, as she takes us on a journey along Sri Lanka’s Buddhist trail, that includes ancient ruins, temples of peace and tranquility and climbing a rock fortress.
Budget and Blowout Guide to Kyoto
Published in BBC Good Food - A guide to what to see and eat on any budget in Kyoto
Audio Tour of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
Scripted a guided tour of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer for Audio Compass. The tour takes the listener through the major sights of each city, including the forts of Mehrangarh and Jaisalmer. The tours are available by downloading the Audio Compass app on iTunes or Google Play.
Dharavi’s Much Criticized ‘Slum Tourism’ Is A Good Thing
Published in The Alternative - Everyone who cares about the planet must take a tour of India’s recycling slums at Dharavi . It is an educational experience like nothing else.
Published in Forbes Travel Guide - As the Mumbai Correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide I provided advice and information on what to experience in India's Maximum City.
Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Their Environmental Impact For a Better Future For India
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - Coal is an important industry in India, providing fuel for the growing nation. However it leaves a huge environmental footprint from the gases that are emitted into the atmosphere as it is mined, including carbon dioxide and methane.It is estimated that at the current rate of carbon dioxide emissions, the earth cannot avoid a rise of at least 2 degrees Celsius in the average atmospeheric temperature.
Green tourism in India
Published in The Alternative - How Indian tourist agencies and properties are doing their bit to minimize their impact on the Earth, and the longevity of green tourism.
Improving Aircraft Safety Through Advances in Conducting Polymer Coatings
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - Everytime we board a plane, we are taken through a detailed safety demonstration that reminds us how dangerous flying can be. One key issue that contributes to wear and tear on an aircraft is corrosion. Aircrafts are made of an aluminium alloy, which forms a non-protective oxide that is subject to corrosion.
Good Process is Good Customer Experience: Learning From the Mumbai Dabbawalas
Published in She Owns It - It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to spend a fortune to improve your customer experience, but this isn’t always the case. In many instances that I have seen in my career, simply having a good process can go a long way towards a great customer experience.
Pali: It’s A Beautiful Life In Rural Rajasthan
Published in The Alternative - in between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Pali is easily accessible but still enough off the beaten track to really experience life away from the big smoke.
How to Use Data to Understand Your Customer Better
Published in She Owns It - You have a whole lot of information and data on your customers, but you may not feel like you know them any better. So how do you use this information to better understand what your customers want?
Making Global Information Local
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - Sometimes it can seem like it takes forever to download a file from the internet, even with a high speed internet connection. This is because the content you are trying to download may be located far away from you, even overseas, and thereby taking a longer time to reach your computer. With the use of data growing exponentially, the need to access it quicker is now of great importance.
5 Tools to Help You Understand Your Customer
Published in She Owns It - What do my customers want? This is a question asked by most business owners at some point in time or another. Whilst it isn’t always easy to work out, there are tools that can help you understand your customer better.
New Technology That Makes Life Much Easier For All of Us
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - New technology is being developed everyday to help make life easier, such as smart homes that turn appliances on and off at our direction, or speech recognition devices. These technologies are generally based on sequence labeling, which classifies how tasks occur in a consequential sequence.
Dealing with Irate Customers
Published in She Owns It - Dealing with complaints and just generally irate customers can be one of the biggest challenges for any business, but how you handle customer complaints can make a huge difference to how you and your business is perceived by future customers.
Manipulating DNA effectively
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - DNA is the basic molecular substance that makes up all life and is a natural polymer (a chain of molecules). Finding new information that helps understand polymers better and how they can be manipulated can potentially assist a wide range of scientific fields, with consequences that could be life changing.
How Many Personalities Do Your Customers See?
Published in She Owns It - Each business has its own personality, one that has no doubt been carefully built through branding and marketing. What is easy to forget though, is that your customers don’t just see your branded personality every time they come into contact with you, they see whatever face you are showing them at the time. It may sound simple, but many companies show their customers multiple personalities.
Keeping the Poor Down: India’s Growth Strategy
Published in The Greanville Post - I really struggle with seeing the poverty in India, and I have posted before about my struggles with poverty, charity, apathy towards the poor and my observations of some of the middle class. I have come to the conclusion that here in India it is not in the interests of anyone with power or money to help anyone less fortunate than them. In fact, I think its part of the core values in India to keep the poor down and do your best to step on anyone you can on the way up.
Optimising Supply Chain Operations Whilst Maintaining Individual Autonomy
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - Optimising operations is a classic problem faced in most industries worldwide. Supply chains are becoming more complex, with more variables to be considered when trying to optimise processes.
Will India ever be a ‘real’ super-power?
Published in The Intrepid Report - When you live in India, it is almost impossible to go a single day without reading something about corruption. Bribes, kick-backs and ‘gratuities’ are a daily part of living here.
Published in Holiday Home Times - As the editor for South East Asia and Australia, I was a regular contributor to Holiday Home Times
How India Turned Me Into A Feminist
Published in The Intrepid Report - I have a confession to make, I am a feminist. Nine months traveling through India has made me a feminist and this is me coming out of the closet.
Thinking Of Home: NRI Volunteering
Published in Women's Web - Are you an NRI or a person of Indian origin interested in contributing to India? Here are some ways to start volunteering.
Developing Mathematical Models and Algorithms To Improve Efficiency Of Crane Operations At Sea Ports
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - Major sea-ports and cargo terminals around the world routinely encounter the challenges of efficiently handling their cargo. At the port, containers are often stacked on the ground, one on top of the other till a ship or a train arrives that needs it. Ports typically handle hundreds of containers that are constantly picked-up, transported, stacked and re-stacked.
Adventures Of A Solo Traveller In India
Published in Women's Web - A woman travelling solo in India is still quite rare. One such traveller shares her experiences and lessons learnt!
Surviving The Loss Of A Child
Published in Women's Web - The loss of a child is an experience which no parent should ever have to face. A survivor shares her story.
Improving Safety by Controlling Electrostatic Electricity
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy - We have all felt the unpleasant prickle of a static electric shock. This build up of uncontrolled electrostatic electricity can be catastrophic when experienced at an industrial plant, potentially causing explosions, devastating fires or even fatalities.
Book Review: Henna For The Broken Hearted
Published in Women's Web - Sharell Cook’s Henna For The Broken – Hearted, is an interesting personal account of an expat woman’s life in India; an alternate perspective could have lent better balance.
Caring For The Elderly
Published in Women's Web - What can Indian women do if family duty conflicts with personal aspirations when caring for the elderly at home?
Dating in India
Published in Women's Web - Societal constraints make dating in India a daunting prospect. Relationship advice for Indian women who want to start dating in India.
Manufacturing Today Top 25 Power List
Published in Manufacturing Today - The most powerful people in manufacturing in India in 2012.
Giving Surgeons a Hand and the Gift of Sight to Thousands
Published in IITB- Monash Research Academy
Driving in India
Published in Jetsettlers Magazine - Any westerner who has driven a car, rickshaw, van, or motorcycle in India will tell you it’s an experience that has to be lived to be believed. Whilst I am not yet brave enough to drive a car in India, I am a regular passenger on many car trips, varying in length from 200 metres to hundreds of kilometres. However, I have observed that the rules of the road do not vary, no matter how far you are going.
The Anticipation of Banking in India
Published in Jetsettlers Magazine - One of the fundamentals of living somewhere is the need for a functioning bank account.[/pullquote] I should know; I spent four years of my life creating a business helping people migrating to Australia open bank accounts. This business opened accounts within 24 hours for customers around the world. It even worked in India. Although after a few years of slogging it out in the Indian market, the business lapsed for reasons I could never understand. After trying to open a functional bank account in India for three months now, I think I finally understand why the proposition failed: it was simply too easy for the Indian consumer to believe.
India and Pakistan: Not Ordinary Enemies
Published in Jetsettlers Magazine - The Wagha border between India and Pakistan is located 30kms from Amritsar, Punjab. Upon partition, Punjab was divided into two, literally dividing neighbours into separate countries. Each afternoon a ceremony is held to mark the closing of the border for the day.