Hi and thanks for coming by to find out a little more about me.  I am Chika Gujarathi and after many fun years working in corporate America, in August 2015 I decided to take the leap and do what I always dreamed of doing…write! As any leap-of-faith story goes, this one so far has not disappointed.  In addition to publishing on this blog, I write about my daily and perhaps less adventurous state of things at dujourdiaries. I have also written for U.S. News and World Report, BookPage, Neighborhood Parents Network, Life Aspire, and other local publications.  Travel, motherhood, food, books, DIY, are some of things that I love to talk about.  I would love to work with you, no matter how big or small your ideas.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me to inquire about writing samples, rates, and availability.

And now for what makes me, me (beware of the weird)…

Paris is my favorite city in the world. I wish to speak French some day soon. Ernest Hemingway is my favorite author; A Moveable Feast is the one book I would love to quote for the rest of my life. Julia Child and Jacque Pepin are my assumed third set of grandparents. I have a crazy dream to one day live in the country and own chickens and goats. I speak Hindi and Gujarati fluently and need to make sure that my kids learn it too. I haven’t yet mastered the pizza dough. Pizza is my husband’s favorite food. I have a bike and I have named it Linus. One of my inane fears include standing under a rotating ceiling fan. I also have a fear that the “mute” button on the phone will malfunction one day even though the light is on. I loved to run before I ran a marathon; although I am getting back into it slowly. In order to tame the craziness in my closet, I have stopped buying clothes (since January 1 2016). I love cheese and I don’t believe in fat-free anything. If I could go back in time and have lunch with someone it would be Earnest Hemingway at one of his favorite cafes in Paris. Three of my most favorite desserts are Medjool dates, Ambrosia apples, and Lindt dark chocolate truffles. I think of my paternal grandma often who passed away a few years ago; I have this strong feeling that she watches over Asha and Arjun with the same tenacity that she had when I was little. Her nickname for me was “tiger” even though I was the tamest kid around; proof she knew what was to come. Chicago, Washington DC, and Charlotte have all been my past homes. Currently I live in Raleigh, NC with my husband and three kids.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you want to use any material from this blog or would like get in touch with me please email me at StayANTIBLAND@gmail.com.

Love, Peace, and Stay AntiBland.