We had the good fortune of connecting with Reetika Khanna and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Reetika, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always enjoyed playing with words. To me, words are like Lego pieces that must be assembled into instructed or imagined structures that tell singular stories. Numbers and neutrons never did hold my interest or ignite my imagination. While a career in writing does not guarantee a luxurious living, following my passion makes me want to wake up to create something new every day.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have traveled to more than thirty countries around the world and lived on three continents. In October this year, I took an unforgettable road trip from Florida to nineteen states and Washington DC. My writing is deeply influenced by my personal journeys and experiences. Engaging with people in different parts of the world—from folk dancers in Rajasthan to designers in Paris. Visiting architectural landmarks like the modest cliff-side homes of Cinque Terre to the ornate palaces in Vienna. Experiencing unique adventures like driving around the Grand Prix track in Nurburg and snorkeling off the coast of Phuket. Seeing extraordinary natural wonders—the azure waters of Majorca, a live volcano off the coast of Sicily. I take my readers on a journey to visit vicariously the remarkable landscapes contoured by my words. The most important lesson I have learned as a travel writer is to keep an open mind and brace for the unexpected!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta is a vibrant city with much to offer. I would begin by taking my friend for a run around the BeltLine followed by some tapas at the Barcelona Wine Bar. The Patatas Bravas are outstanding! Piedmont Park is my favorite alfresco venue in the city. From Yoga by the lake to Shakespeare in the park, there is something for everyone in this oasis. The orchids at the Botanical Garden nearby are not to be missed. I would definitely include the amazing Georgia Aquarium—perhaps even spend a Night Under The Sea. A visit to Charis Books in Decatur, the independent feminist bookstore, is an absolute must. I would try to catch a book reading there. Junkman’s Daughter, a one-of-a-kind store in Little Five Points, is a beacon for Atlanta’s bohemia and a must-see. To show her the other end of the spectrum, I would take her to the Swan House, a precious preservation of the city’s old-world charm. One morning would be slated for a tour of the High Museum followed by a show later that evening at the Fox Theater. Baraonda restaurant, a stone’s throw away from the theater, is the perfect venue for dinner. The cocktails and wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas are delicious! A tour of the CNN Center and a picnic by the fountains of Centennial Park would be the perfect coda for the trip.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My son, a freshman in college, plays critic and fan with equal ardor. He is quick to correct my grammar and shine the light on my blind spots in every story. I am ever grateful to him for his candor and constant encouragement to work on my book and short stories. Someday, I hope to beat him at Words With Friends!

Website: ReetikaKhanna.com
Instagram: ReetikaWrites
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/reetikakhanna
Twitter: @reetikawrites
Facebook: Reetika Khanna
Other: amazon.com/author/reetika

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Peter Porter

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