Meet the people behind Travel Tales – our contributors. Travel tales submitted by the contributors are the life of this website. These are the people who have chosen to share their experiences and travel advice with us, so that other fellow travel-lovers can benefit by their experiences. Real travel experiences of the contributors helps others to make informed choices.
Meet the current editorial team, who are also the founders of Travel Tales.
Founder & Editor
A Tourism & Travel Industry professional, Rajiv is based in New Delhi. He is in the travel profession because of his love for travel. He has spent more than two decades in the airline industry between 1986 to 2007. He has worked with the national carrier before moving on to Air Mauritius in 1997, where he headed Northern India for almost 11 years. Since 2007 he is engaged in the business of Travel Marketing & Representation. He is also a certified trainer and conducts training programmes related to Tourism, Aviation & Travel and Soft Skills, as a visiting faculty with several leading institutes in India. Travel Tales, however, is not about about his profession. It is about his passion.
Rajiv and his wife are both avid travellers and miss no opportunity to travel, be it a short weekend getaway, a road trip or a holiday overseas. Rajiv loves to write about his travel experiences and also writes reviews. He is a senior contributor on TripAdvisor as well, with a readership of more than 25,000, and has received several helpful votes for his contributions. He also writes for Tourism Interface, a B2B Travel website.
It is his love for travel as well as a keen interest in writing that led him to set up Travel Tales with the objective of helping people make informed choices while deciding their own travel plans.
Journalist, Travel Writer & Consulting Editor
Punam Mohandas is the Consulting Editor for Travel Tales. She is a senior journalist with 20-years of work experience across India, Dubai and Bangkok. She has been the Editor and Editorial Director of various publications such as Compass (Bangkok) Hotelier India (Mumbai) The Big Project (Dubai) Coordinating Editor with the Times of India (New Delhi) and a reporter with the Khaleej Times (Dubai.) Her weekly columns that appeared in leading English publications such as the Hindustan Times, the Times of India, The Statesman and the Delhi Midday, were hugely popular and ran for several years.
She was the Editor of the Times of India travel guide – the ET Traveller – for two editions. She is an accomplished and accredited travel writer and is well recognised among the travel trade, tourism boards and hospitality circles across several countries.
Punam has also served in the capacity of Director – Communications with Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), based at Bangkok, wherein she handled media on a global basis. This role involved direct dealings with various Tourism Boards and Tourism Ministries of several countries. She was directly responsible for various tools of communication such as the website, social media channels, weekly e-newsletter, and was the Editorial Director for the PATA bi-monthly magazine, Compass.
Punam Mohandas has lived and worked in India as well as Dubai and is currently Bangkok-based. She is the author of the book ‘Fallen Angels’ and is presently working on and researching material for her next books, both of which are centred around Thailand.
World Explorer & Consulting Editor
An Electronics Engineer from BITS, Pilani, Ashok comes with a wealth of experience, with a pan-India footprint, having held senior management & board level positions in the corporate world. He has worked in various verticals and has contributed to different functional areas.
His last assignment was as CEO of a leading Delhi based Travel Company. He now runs his own venture - Maestro Travels - which gives him a platform to pursue his passion by way of giving talks / presentations at young traveller’s cafes etc and also contributing travel related articles in magazines etc.
It is his passion for travel that has seen him travel extensively not only in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Kutch to Kohima but also around the world having covered more than 91 countries in the last 12 - 13 years. He is truly a world explorer and is referred to as a walking encyclopedia on travel by some ! An avid collector of travel memorabilia, he has a unique, carefully catalogued and well cared-for collection of travel souvenirs from around the globe, travel books, as well as a huge collection of beer cans from all the countries that he has visited. His collections have been featured in various newspapers and magazine articles. Ashok lives in New Delhi with his wife Kavita. He has a son and a daughter, both married and also living in Delhi.
We welcome our readers to become contributors on Travel Tales. Contributors featured here are those who have had at least two articles published with us earlier. To become a contributor, please visit the “Write For Us” page on this site.
Nandini Bajaj is a 25 year old Human Resource professional who loves travelling at any opportunity she gets. She firmly believes in the saying "when in Rome, do as the Romans do". During her trips, she loves to live and engage with the locals and tries to understand their culture. Though not overly fond of writing, she chooses to share her experiences through the pictures she clicks, trying to portray how the world looks from her point of view.
Himadri Negi hails from Nainital (Uttarakhand), a beautiful hill station in North India where she spent 20 years of her life. She moved to New Delhi in 2011 to pursue a professional career but as they say ‘Once you’ve lived with the mountains, you belong with them’, so she makes it a point to travel to the mountains whenever she can. A follower of Buddhism, she practices mediation and Yoga. For her love of travelling and seeing new places, she started writing blogs through which she documents her travel tales.
Vikram is a 28 year old tourism entrepreneur based in Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. A practicing Buddhist, he grew up in the mountains and adventure for him is a way of life. He is the founder of "Rising Dust Adventures". Having done his MBA in Tourism & Leisure from IITTM, New Delhi, he loves exploring new destinations, making it a point to explore a new one each year. He started travelling in 2007 and hasn’t stopped exploring ever since. He loves music, poetry and books are his good friends. Having over five years experience in travel & tourism, he is now all set to open his own campsite at Tandi on the Manali-Leh highway this year. More than a business, it is his dream and passion.
A design consultant by profession, Kasturika enjoys telling stories through different media - written as well as visual. Growing up in a military family in Delhi, she was exposed to the joys of traveling and interacting with people from different parts of the country, from an early age. Her curiosity for new experiences, along with her passion for writing and photography come together through her chronicles.