About Me

Ever since I started to think about what I wanted to do in life, it has always been something creative, something fun and new! I always wanted to discover the photographer in me. Somewhere deep down inside, I knew that I could make good pictures. As far as writing is concerned, my love for writing began one night - yes, it was around 12 am when I started penning a short story. It was a ghost story. Since then I have been writing all kinds of short stories. 

My first published work was in Filmfare magazine for their Letters Column. I have got several of my letters and film reviews published in their magazine in the readers column, and some of my letters have been selected as the 'Best Letter' as well. That was my initial stint with writing. Later, I spent quite a few years with BPOs, which was poles apart from what I wanted to do. Anyway, I got back to my world. 

I started writing a novel in 2008, which I completed in 2010. I submitted it for publication in 2011 January. I got a rejection letter from Harper Collins. I did not hear from Penguin. I have started work on my next novel, though it's on a break due to my blog. I hope to return to novel writing once Voyager For Life reaches some level! 
 
My professional writing career kick-started with travel writing for an online portal, which significantly polished and rekindled my writing skills. After that I got an opportunity to be part of print media - a magazine based on architecture (Indian Architect & Builder). I have also worked with a publishing company - Archies Gifts and Greetings, which has names like Helpage, CRY and UNICEF to its credit. Hallmark Cards is also part of Archies now. It was one of my dreams to write for Hallmark. I had never thought that it would come true for me!
 
I started pursuing photography in 2007. I have been a contributor to stock photography websites like Visageimages - Indian delegate of Gettyimages and bigstockphotos. It is my dream to organize an exhibition of my photographs soon.

Check out my photography on Flickr

I have traveled quite a lot in the last five years, and it has been an immensely enriching experience. Writing 'VOYAGER FOR LIFE' came naturally. I wasn't sure for a very long time about what I wanted to blog about - I mean, what should I share with people. One fine day, it just hit me and I told myself - hey, I have got so many stories of my travel!

66 comments:

  1. Interesting reading about you! A neat enveloped post highlighting your carrier, as well as passion for writing and photography.

    My best wishes Renuka :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi, Nice to know about u Renuka. Interesting :-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Ritika :) Feel free to follow my blog!

      Delete
  4. so cute both of u and ur travel diary. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Really awesome,i read your full bio story with fully intrest,
    god bless you

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hiee Renuka,
    it makes u feel so gud when u meet a person thru his writings though u met him personally.
    ur words speak for u !!!! all d best dr!!! Keep Writing!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Today is the first time I come to your blog. And am so glad to be here .. keep traveling, stay safe and write more :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Puru :) Welcome to my blog!

      Delete
  8. Your writing always amuses me and it is great to read your blogs...about you...i think i know much more than you have stated here...and finally I am around as a regular follower!!
    All the best darling!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Tashu :) I'm glad you like to spend some of your precious time on my blog! It means a lot to me.

      Delete
  9. Do you make a living writing blogs or is it just a passtime?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'd appreciate 'Anonymous' that you comment with your real identity. Blogging has become a passion now. I intend to make a living out of it eventually. Thanks.

      Delete
  10. If only you were on wordpress, it would have been easier for W-dwellers like me to "follow" you well :(
    Intriguing introduction, I must say.
    I am taking baby steps in photography myself, without a camera that is :) There is so much I could learn from you.
    Good luck !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Welcome to my blog! Well, you can follow me on Facebook. :)

      Delete
  11. Hi Renuka nice to knw about u its kinda boosting confidence to travel alone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad to know that, Raghu! Welcome to my blog! :)

      Delete
  12. Just encountered your blog. I think I will enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad to have you on my blog! Welcome!

      Delete
  13. As a Girl You are doing fantastic work that you loved so much.I am impressed with your passion.I like your attitude and style.I pray for you that you will achieve all that you wish for..Bravo..!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words, Jigar. :) Welcome to my blog!

      Delete
  14. Thanks for commenting on my blog post Renuka.....made me come back to check yours.....or else i would have really missed on something this amazing.... :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Saumya! So nice to have you on my blog. :)

      Delete
  15. Very interesting... must say a go-getter attitude with lots of passion

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ajay, so much! :) Welcome to my blog!

      Delete
  16. i was searching about solo travellers in India and i found ur blog.... and frankly Renuka i am fully inspired of travelling alone after reading ur blog... i will also write about my travelling experiences in near future... thanks for a well organised blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are welcome, Sangram :) I'm glad to have inspired you! Happy traveling!

      Delete
    2. i will mail u to ur mail id if i need any assistant .

      Delete
  17. hi.Ms.Renuka...i was just searching for something about Cochin backwater..very surprised to see your blog..really its amazing and helpful...and also i saw one of my photo..thank u very much...Shajas(Tour Guide,Cochin)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Renuka,

    Thank you for stopping by!! Your blog is very nice :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Nice blog...I hope you also travel to Uttrakhand asap..

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi Renuka,

    Beautiful blog on India with stunning photos. We spent 15 months in India but still didn't see everything. It is an amazing country, overwhelming at times, but absolutely rewarding. I noticed you just left a comment on our blog ContemporaryNomad where we reported on a trek in the Peruvian Andes. You said: "I'm yet to experience something like that." You absolutely can, as Northern India looks very similar to the Andean landscapes we have seen here. Ladakh and Zanskar are amazing places to which I could go back over and over again - and they are right in front of your door... Happy travels! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I'm so glad that you explored India so extensively! It is indeed a rewarding country. Yup, I'm aware of Ladakh and Zanskar, but I am yet to experience such remote places. I'm trying my best to explore India as much as possible.

      Delete
  21. Wonderful blog! I was googling for information on Sikkim when I accidentally found your blow. In fact, I have been following lot of bloggers since last 1 year but some how missed your blog. I read all you writings on Sikkim at one go. Keep up the good work!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome! Thanks so much for your visit! :)

      Delete
  22. a true inspiration ,felt so nice after reading ur blog :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Yogesh! Welcome to the blog! :)

      Delete
  23. Came across your blog today, bookmarking it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Reena! You're welcome. :-)

      Delete
  24. While I used to follow your posts and pics posted on fb, this is the first time I had visited your blog and I must say your blogs are well articulated thoughts of yours and your travel experiences and being a extensive traveler myself having traveled 18 countries I could relate to every bit of your experiences and thoroughly enjoyed reading through your blogs. I'm sure you have a great future as a writer and wish you all the success in your writing career.

    Cheers!!
    Hari

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Harinath! :-) Welcome to my blog!

      Delete
  25. Hi Renuka, i have been a regular follower of your blog for a long time, and your posts, experiences and wonderful clicks have always left me inspired and wanting for more. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Keep up the great work. Safe travels. http://wanderingjatin.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/inspiring-blogger-award/

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi Renuka, I have nominated you for 'Very Inspirational Blogger Award' - http://footlooseforever.com/2014/12/31/very-inspiring-blogger-award-my-inspiration/. I can see that Jatin has already nominated you for the same. :) When I think of starting solo traveling who could inspire me more than you. Thank you so much. Keep traveling and keep inspiring.

    ReplyDelete
  27. It will be ' Very Inspiring Blogger Award'. Sorry for the mistake.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's alright! :-) And thanks so much for nominating me!

      Delete
  28. Really interesting blog. Have a wonderful writing journey ahead.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Replies
    1. Or you could follow your own dream! :-)

      Delete
  30. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You didn't say anything about your academic background. I think you should include it in all comments you leave online. Why would anyone care about anything you have to say if they do not know your credentials? Speaking of which, leaving rude comments is nothing special and new. It is not so important to leave negative comments on people's blogs that they've put lots of effort into. In fact it's incredibly childish, the kind of bullying that goes on in the schoolyard. There are lots of lovely things you could say about Renuka's blog and about travel, which could make you feel happy and brighten Renuka's and other readers' day as well. Be practical and try to do this next time you feel the need to comment. Without apologies, I don't think anyone appreciates your input (after all, we don't know what university you went to!)

      Delete
  31. Hey Renuka, I stop by and read your blog pretty regularly and I really enjoy reading your travel stories and philosophies on travel. Backpacking in India is something I really want to do in my lifetime, and I find your local and personal perspective as a solo female traveller very interesting. Like you, I also love travel and I love to write about it. Keep up the GREAT work, it is very much appreciated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Bonny! :-) I'd love to meet you some day when you visit India. I hope that happens soon!

      Delete
    2. Hi Renuka,

      This is first time I am on your site and I find your posts really interesting.
      I loved your story and will love to come back to your site from time to time to know your latest adventure and travels.

      Keep up the good work.

      Delete
    3. Thanks so much, Tazz! Welcome to my blog!

      Delete
  32. Hi Renuka,
    I read your story it's really nice. I am a tour operator if u want we can start some good project in tourism.
    you keep it up this is very helpful for tourist.

    Thanks / Debasis.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...