After 10 years of living in San Francisco, I’ve hit the road for a year of adventures, mostly focused in India. I owe the privilege of taking this year off to my partner-in-crime Robin Sukhadia, who will also be documenting our journeys here. Robin is a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and will be studying arts education sustainability through a series of music education projects in Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Robin and I, second generation South Asian Americans, have always wanted to go live in the Motherland and on the eve of our departure from America, are equally excited and terrified.

I have worked as a journalist, editor, and teacher since graduating from college in 2000. I gave up an incredible job as a teaching artist with the San Francisco WritersCorps to undertake this journey. Ever since we finalized our decision to move to India at the beginning of this year, I have been dealing with the question: “(But) what are you going to do there?”

The short answer is write. For the long answer, stay tuned…