Hi. I’m Devika.

A little background on myself – I was born in India, but never actually lived there. I spent the first nine years of my life in Zambia and the next eight in Ghana. At age seventeen, I decided to further obscure the little grasp I had on my identity and headed to the US for undergrad. After four years of college and two years of an intense work-hard-play-hard life in New York, I found myself burnt out, unsettled and in need of a change.

In an attempt to figure out who I really am, what I want to do, and where I want to live, I have decided to give myself a year off – a break from life – to travel, explore and just be me. I’m hoping that through it, I’ll understand myself better. This blog is an account of my thoughts and escapades.

For more on how it all started, please click here  🙂


24 Comments Add yours

  1. journeycount says:

    This is such a lovely ‘about me’- I look forward to following your journey!

    1. Thanks! And likewise! I stopped by your blog and see you plan on coming to India…I’ll be in India for the next 5 months and plan to travel around too. Maybe we can share tips and travel stories 🙂 Always fun to connect with other nomads!

      1. journeycount says:

        I won’t be there for over a year but I will definitely be checking out your blog for tips!

  2. Priya Krish says:

    Journey of your life is very interesting! good to know

    1. Thanks Priya! And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. memoirs of Chennai/Madras city says:

    u belong to planet earth

  4. Raji says:


    Have been reading your blog continuously since i landed here via denizen(?).
    Very intersting and inspiring.
    I like when people listen to their inner calls.
    and take risks.
    I also took breaks from my jobs whenever i felt like though got confidence to travel solo only lately.
    Wish it came much earlier.
    I m in Gurgaon and can catch up whenever u r in Delhi.
    All the very best.
    Raji 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading Raji and for your encouragement! It always helps to get support from others on this adventure! Sadly I’m not going to make it to Gugaon this time but north India is high up on my list!

  5. journeycount says:

    In a follow up to my comment above, I’ve awarded you a few blog awards on my own blog if you want to check it out… http://journeycount.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/appreciation-and-awards/

    1. Thank you so much!! Saw your post and it made me feel lucky to have you as a reader and friend 🙂 Really appreciate the mention!

      1. journeycount says:

        No problem! I’m loving your coverage of your India trip and us bloggers need to help each other out 🙂

  6. Evez says:

    haha 🙂 Sounds like a nomad life. Once got used to it you will find yourself on the move for the rest of your life.

    1. Haha, yes! I see you’ve been doing a lot of traveling yourself! Love the photos on your blog….lucky you have a pilot to travel with!! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  7. Shane says:

    Hi Devika,

    I stumbled across your blog via Denizen and found it both intriguing and inspiring. A TCK myself I am now going through a similar phase and dilemma, apply to law school, where to live, passions, interests, etc. From living in India as a child I have always been drawn to the country/subcontinent and am looking into teaching or volunteering in the region. Would you be able to provide me with the name of the local NGO you mentioned in your blog?

    Cheers and keep at it!


    1. Hi Shane – thanks for stopping by and happy to help! The organization I work for is called Leave UR Mark. Through my job here I’ve also gotten to network with several other NGOs in Bangalore. If you’d like, tell me your email address and we can connect by email or FB 🙂

  8. Prasad says:

    A vagabond soul indeed. Keep going. Looking to hear more of your travel stories.

    1. Thanks so much Prasad, and thanks for reading. It’s always great to get comments like these – they keep me going! 🙂

  9. On the other hand, there can be nothing more blissful than being a nomad and being rootless, for want of a better word. Your mind is then open, like indeed it is, as your ‘about’ page clearly shows.
    Remember only plants are meant to grow roots!
    Roaming around and reading your charming blog. Hope to have you browse a bit of my modest verses on the story of the awakening of a spent nation. Which one? India. And where? At my online home http://www.nirbhayasindia.com And I shall wait each day for your comments as they should obviously come from an open mind.

    1. Beautifully written. Thanks so much for reading and for your comment. I just opened up your website – looking forward to reading more!

  10. Prasad says:

    I have nominated you for “Quintet of Radiance”: Five Ennobling Awards!
    Please find the information on the below link if you choose to accept the award nomination.


    Keep inspiring!!

  11. Subrato Sen says:

    Hi Devika, I did look up your blog, as I told you I would at the dinner last Sunday. Indeed, very eloquently put together and beautifully presented with mesmerizing photographs. To listen to ones inner voice and follow the call of your heart, needs courage and conviction. Probably, my daughter Anushka who is now 14, would grow up confused and ask the same questions you did before you embarked on this journey. Wanderlust is immensely educative and teaches you what they don’t at any School or University. Having trotted the globe and met people of so many faiths, cultures and races, I’m sure you’ve metamorphosed into a much more composed and mature person. Yet, like the Golf Balls and Pickle Jar theory…never lose focus of what is most important to you in life. Rest of it, as I say from experience, always fall in place one way or the other.
    Keeping penning your beautiful thoughts. I’ll be visiting here to harvest them very often.

    Best wishes.

    1. Hi! Thanks so much for taking the time to browse through the blog – really appreciate your comment so much (you sound like a pretty good writer yourself!). Really enjoyed meeting you last Sunday and the various conversations we all had over dinner. Please do tell your daughter to write to me if she ever feels confused about career/life/etc. I’m happy to help! And I have a feeling she might like the website http://www.denizenmag.com – it’s geared towards kids like us who have grown up in various countries. I wrote an article for them last year and really like that site – maybe you can share it with her. All the best to you and once again, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment here!

  12. maitreyi says:

    Hi Devika

    I just stumbled onto your site from denizen and Wow!! I’m your age and go through these dilemmas so many times but always wonder if me, a single girl brought up in the comforts of her own city, has the will and traits to be explore the world but your stories inspire me truly. I live in New Delhi and would love to catch up/show you around if you’re ever here. Also, can I drop you a email someday (hopefully soon) when I decide to travel, asking about where/ how you travelled, safety/budgeting concerns, and what to be careful about in the countries you travelled?

    1. Hi Maitreyi, thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by! It is definitely not easy to leave all your known comforts and take a leap of faith into the unknown but it is definitely worth it! Please do feel free to reach out anytime you need advice about your own trip and good luck! My email is devika@enchanting-travels.com

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