Kalpana Sunder is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Chennai, India where she lives with her entrepreneur- husband, and two children. She believes that life is too short to do just one thing and has dabbled with various careers- she is a qualified company secretary and a Japanese language specialist. Her life changing trip was in 2001 when she travelled through Japan on a Japan Foundation Scholarship. She has snorkeled on the Barrier Reef; zip lined through rainforests, snowmobiled in Lapland, walked with the lions in Zimbabwe and floated on the Dead Sea, in her search for a good travel tale. She believes in the power of a hug and in always eating dessert. Travel and writing are integral parts of her DNA. Her ever growing travel wish- list is a topic of discussion with her family and friends! She has written for more than 25 publications around the world including National Geographic Traveler and Conde Nast Traveler.