The people behind...
The sunshine, energy, optimism and food, sure… but it was the incredible warm, inquisitive, intelligent (and slightly crazy) nature of the people in India that got her hooked. She traded her high-profile corporate career in the Netherlands for life in Mumbai where she is married into an Indian family. She identifies with the entrepreneurial spirit of India and it fuelled her passion for travel. It is a dream come true, The Lost Columbus.
As an ad film producerhe has one foot in his native Rajasthan and a bunch of footprints all around India. His childhood has been an outdoorsy, rural one; his love and knowledge about nature, local flora and fauna, local life, history and folklore is fascinating and non pareil. His perspective is refreshing and illuminating. The warmth evident in his old friendships and connections speaks for itself. You couldn’t find a more perfect conduit to the true hospitable nature of his native Rajasthan.
Genesia, falls in love with every new place she visits and despite her constant threatening to go AWOL, always ends up back in Bombay where she lives and writes for love and money. She is a friend and because of all the good people she has met around the world, is an ardent believer in the philosophy of The Lost Columbus – paying the traveler kindnesses forward. She works on the words.
Bali, has always been on the move. After 9 schools, 6 colleges, 30 houses across 8 Indian states, 2 countries and 3 distinct climates, he added 18 countries to his footprint. As a result, he ‘gets’ people and his intuition has created a close friends’ circle that spans the globe and all walks of life. He thrives on stories, laughter and good food and his insider perspective makes him a great travel companion and source for any trip. Bali writes poetry and makes films when he is not moving house.
Rohini, an artist based in Jaipur, was born and brought up in Rajasthan. Her work is influenced by her native traditions of block printing and miniature painting. These are her roads that we travel on and she is generous with her in-depth knowledge of the region, indigenous crafts and her personal motivations to keep exploring new mediums in her work. Rohini is also attached to ‘Laadli’ an NGO helping provide vocational training to abused, orphaned and destitute children.
Murli, or KK Muralidharan is a visual artist who works with photography, exhibition design and cinematic art direction in our inimitable Bollywood! He graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad – one of Asia’s finest design schools and set up X-Height, a design studio. His work in film and the advertising industry takes him all over the world and India. He is a friend and has shared his creative input and extraordinary photographic work with the The Lost Columbus.
The folk behind The Lost Columbus:
Passionate travelers, irresistable romantics and unwavering lovers of India...
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