“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

“And it’s never too late.”

With two oversized bags and a pocketful of sunshine, I moved to the USA when I was 21, having spent my entire life in Chennai, South India. After twenty-one years of sunny weather, ludicrous traffic, crispy dosas, a houseful of cats and a loving family, it all abruptly changed.

I didn’t have a plan or a goal when I came here, but I was naive, curious, clumsy, and optimistic. It’s been a whirlwind of four years since. I’m still as clumsy as ever, my dreams are still unclear, and my destination is unknown, but I graduated from college, met some great people, burnt many pots trying to put food on my plate, got a job, and picked up a new language and a camera. Somewhere along the way, I learnt a life lesson or two (When in doubt, don’t adopt three guinea pigs, they poop a lot!) and also fell in love with traveling and waking up to a new sunrise every weekend.

When I’m not traveling, I’m an internet-vigilante (fancy term for my software engineer job ;)) and an aspiring photographer and pastry chef. I have made exactly zero successful pastries, but hey, I have to start somewhere. gonewithawhim.com is where I share postcards and stories of my travels, my daily struggles and adventures, and city guides for the budget traveller, one photo at a time.

My first blog post is accessible from here or the homepage. Feel free to drop me a note in the comment section or shoot me an email at gonewithawhim88@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you.