bio

I am truly excited about bringing out my first book,  Rambles into Sacred Realms. I’ve won a Best Travel Writer of the Year award and also received accolades for raising from obscurity previously little-known places through my writing.

As a much-exhibited artist I focus on landscapes and ancient monuments, capturing their essence using a variety of techniques including scratchboards, watercolors, and acrylic mediums. Over the past 25 years, I’ve participated in several group and solo exhibitions of my art works in the U.S. and across the world and have won several art awards. As a member of a number of prestigious artists’ organizations, including the International Society of Scratchboard Artists and Artists for Conservation, I regularly exhibit my work in various juried and non-juried shows organized by local art guilds in the Chicagoland area and other U.S. cities.

Consumed by insatiable wanderlust and a deep-rooted passion for exploring exotic cultures, I’ve lived in or visited over 60 countries and published 500-plus articles on travel and humor in various newspapers all over the world.

As a global citizen I’ve often found myself in strange situations, once being suspected of kidnapping my own son across the Israel-Jordan border, and on another occasion being grilled by a suspicious Sri Lankan immigration officer who wondered why someone of Indian ethnicity living in Thailand working for a U.S. company engaged in a project in Israel and South Africa would travel to Colombo on business. (You had to be there . . . )

When I’m not holding a pen, brush, or an airplane ticket, I head up a global outfit which has me frequently shifting gears between Thai, Hindi, Thinglish, Hinglish and English.

An alumnus of the Harvard Business School, I live in Wilmette, Illinois, with my wife and daughter, and am still trying to coax my college-age son to enroll for at least one study-abroad semester.