Bandana Tewari is a lifestyle journalist and sustainability activist. A TEDx speaker and writer, she has given keynote speeches globally on topics including compassionate consumption, sustainability and spirituality. She was previously editor-at-large at Vogue India and has written for publications including The New York Times, British Vogue and Elle India. She currently lives in Bali.

What does a journey mean to you?

A journey, to me, is like being afloat on a meandering river. I can pretend I have control, but the current, a natural force will weave her way gently or tumultuously, on her own accord, not mine. So a journey for me, simply, is an act of surrender.

Which country or location most inspires you?

The entire continent of Africa. I believe this is my primordial birthplace and I see her expansive love and authority in my dreams.

Where would you go back to and why?

Buenos Aires. In my darkest hours, this city gave me the gumption to come alive again. Here, I committed to being fearless in my aloneness; and in return, this city gifted me the most unforgettable and ridiculously cinematic adventures of my life. Magic realism at its best.

Top insider tip for Mumbai?

Best Middle Eastern food in Souk, atop Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba; Mumbai with a panoramic view of South Bombay, especially the iconic Gateway of India immersed in the hustle and bustle of ‘Maximum City’.

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