Hi! I am Chika Gujarathi and after many fun years of working in corporate America, in August 2015 I decided to take the leap and do what I always dreamed of doing…to write and pursue creativity full-time!

As any leap-of-faith story goes, this too felt so scary in the beginning BUT now I can’t stop wondering why I waited this long. I work as a freelance writer, photographer, illustrator, and a collaborator for stories and ideas that excite me. This means I have written for national and local magazines on travel and lifestyle topics. I have worked with retail and hospitality companies to review, promote, and market their products. I have made promotional videos for non-profit sites like tourism and museums. I have even created children’s Hindi books!

My three kids remind me everyday that following your heart is the only way to make the most of life. With this site, and all my work, I hope to create a sense of adventure, fun, and positivity that will make others smile.

Thanks for being part of my journey. 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 on a farm 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. 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. If I could have lunch with someone who is still alive and well, it would be Jerry Seinfeld.

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, Arjun, and Ajay 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.