Blogger, Traveller, Freelance writer, Bookworm, Mother ..... these are just a few of the words that I think, describe me..... But if you want to know more, read on.........
I was one of those who was very sure what she wanted to be - a scientist.... and the road seemed clear ahead as I completed my Masters degree in Physics and enrolled for a Ph.D. That is when life took one of its sudden turns, and I found myself abandoning my choice of career and looking for something to keep me occupied.
While I was still exploring my options, I got married, and re-discovered the joys of travelling, especially since my husband loved getting out of the city as much as I did! Soon, however, came the joys (and travails) of motherhood, and life took another turn as I found that everything for me now revolved around my son.
Being the kind of person who cannot stay put in one place for too long, I was keen on doing something which would help me express myself, and that is when my sister-in-law suggested I write a blog. I was sceptical about it at first, but once I got on to the bandwagon, I was hooked!
That was in 2007.
I have come a long way since then, and the journey has been interesting. Somewhere along the way, I began writing for magazines, and content for travel websites, and my lust for travel has only increased! I have also developed a keen interest in heritage and art, and have completed a P.G.Diploma course in Indian Aesthetics, which has honed my interest.
Meanwhile, my blogging has grown by leaps and bounds, and in less than 10 years, have over 1000 posts on the blog, almost all of them travelogues from various parts of India.
My travel has been mostly focussed on India, since it is my deepest desire to see as much of our rich and varied heritage as possible - both, monumental, as well as natural! However, I would love to go abroad and see more of the world, as and when the opportunity presents itself. Meanwhile, there is so much more I have to see of our country, that its sure to keep me busy for the next few years!
This blog, A Wandering Mind is where I write most of the time. This is where you can read all about the places I visit.
I frequently travel with my son, who enjoys travel as much as I do. Travelling with a child, I have learned, gives us an unique perspective to places, which only adds to the experience. He is, of course, no longer a child, as he was when I first began travelling and writing, and shall soon begin travelling on his own. However, he will always be my biggest inspiration!
My visit to Kashi made me realize how little we knew about the wonderful city, one of the oldest in India, and the heart of our culture and identity. There were so many people who wanted to go to Kashi, or send their parents on a pilgrimage, but did not know the details.I thought of writing a separate blog for Kashi and the surroundings, and thus, Kashi Yatra came into being. The response from the blog has been so awesome that I feel happy to have been of help to at least a few others.
Telling stories to my son and searching for books for him made me write down a few stories by myself. Not all of them are original, while some are from mythology and some from folk tales, but they are my rendition of the tales, and you can find them on my story blog Stories for Children.
The way ahead.....
I am writing more and more, both on the blog, and for magazines, as well as content for leading Travel Sites. As my son grows older, I have more time on my hands, and look forward to travelling and writing a lot more! You can check out my published articles on my Publications page.
Meanwhile, I am also looking at studying more of our ancient art and heritage, and look forward to travelling to more ancient sites within our country, known and unknown!
The main reason for my starting a blog was to get in touch with like-minded people, and share information and interests. The more I blog, the more this desire increases, so if you like my blog, please do drop in with your comments, and even if you don't, your suggestions are welcome!
You can write to me at anushankarn(at)gmail(dot)com
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