Namasthey/ Vanakkam /Welcome


I would like to introduce myself as Meenakshi, a freelance writer based in India, with a penchant for travelling, exploring heritage sites, digging into food anthropology, and collecting handicrafts and handlooms. 

My travel, food, and culture stories are often weaved around anthropology, traditions, art, and architecture, apart from sustainability and the environment.

These stories have so far been published in many international and national publications, as in BBC Travel, BBC Future, Whetstone Magazine, South China Morning Post, BBC News (Telugu and Tamil), National Geographic Traveller India, TripSavvy, Architectural Digest, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Manorama, The Business Line, and others.

You may want to have a look at my portfolio available online.

When I am not gathering these bylines, I am busy blogging my travel and food experiences in this space called PolkaJunction — which is a labour of passion, hard work, lots of travels, and loads of sacrifices (read family time and parties).

Work with me

I am open to interesting and challenging projects as a freelance writer and blogger, book reviewer, and digital media influencer.

And, I do like to participate in FAM trips and blogger meets. Please get in touch with me on for my media-kit and if you would like to collaborate with me.

Travel being a way of life, I am often on the move, packing and unpacking and shifting houses across different terrains. At times, due to connectivity issues, I may not have access to the internet.

In such a scenario, there may be a delay in response to queries. Kindly, utilize the Contact form to get in touch with me and I shall promptly get back to you.

I am tech-savvy, friendly, and approachable. Stay in touch with me on:


Twitter: @polkajunction




I am a full-time freelance writer and have been published in various national and international publications, both digital and print. If you are looking for my portfolio then you can access it here

What is PolkaJunction

PolkaJunction is a potpourri of travel tales, tips and ideas on family destinations, abundant door and architectural photographs, holistic living, vegetarian food, reviews, education-based articles, and random musings penned over the years amidst copious amounts of filter coffee! 

PolkaJunction is a blog that is based on honesty, original creative work, and ethical blogging. 

Why PolkaJunction?

My interests are as varied as polka dots and this space brings together all aspects closer to my heart, and hence named ‘PolkaJunction’. Err…Well, actually, I love Polkadots! 

I would term PolkaJunction, a travel and lifestyle blog steeped in integrity and ingenuity.

What interests me?

Travelling, exploring new places, making new friends, getting to know a new culture and cuisine, delivering lectures, reading abound, DIY craft, baking, whipping out new dishes in my lab (kitchen), and playing with my son keeps me sane!

Link to my podcast on Musafir stories

Podcast also out on iTunes and Google podcasts

Our YouTube Channel — Flavours and Tones

I create and upload short videos on Travel, Vegetarian Food, and Music on our family YouTube Channel called Flavours and Tones.

Collaborated Tourism Boards

I have collaborated with many tourism boards and brands in the recent past, that includes:

  • Indonesia Tourism
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Taj Safaris
  • Veliky Novgorod Tourist Office (Russia)
  • Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board
  • Jammu Tourism Board
  • Himachal Pradesh Department of Culture
  • Chaudhary Group (CG-Nepal)
  • Baarakhari Media (Nepal)
  • GMR and many others

Blogging Accolades

Accolades for my book reviews are listed in the ‘Books’ section of my blog

Links to a couple of  popular travel tales

Kathakali – The colourful classical dance form of Kerala that requires a revival

Unfurling the colours of Umbrella Village in Chiang Mai

The content on this blog is copyrighted. If you want to use the photographs or articles for any purpose, please feel free to get in touch with me at