Born and raised in Bombay, I grew up in a classic ‘Bhel Puri’ culture. One in which the end product tastes only as good as the sum of its parts… meshed together with a bug or two for good measure. So here I am – a compound of experiences that somehow made its way to San Francisco and then to Hong Kong, with a pit stop in Tokyo somewhere along the way. A superiority complex about my Bambaiya Hindi coupled with feisty Punjabi genetics have stood me in good stead as I traverse the continents before looking to settle back home.
Aside from focusing on the health of a husband, two youngsters with equally feisty Punjabi genes and my eternally faithful dog, Dumbledore, I dedicate my spare time to diverse activities like writing about the dysfunctional nature of life and living, stand-up comedy and of course my day job. I have written a small selection of books on Ayurveda in English, my way of bringing one of the most important parts of my culture to my audience. These days, it’s about keeping my sanity amidst the daily insanity of working on English language radio in Hong Kong.
There is of course my passion with Ayurveda, India’s ancient lifestyle medicine. As an Ayurveda Clinician, it has become an integral part of my blood and no amount of leech therapy provides any relief. I am proud of the books on Ayurveda, in addition to other enterprises and jobs throughout my career. In my early American life, I founded, built and subsequently sold Ayoma, an Ayurvedic self care product line and the Ayoma LifeSpa, a premier Ayurvedic wellness spa. I have provided Ayurvedic spa therapy training to top spa wellness retreats like the Four Seasons, Champneys, the Canyon Ranch, and Miraval and have taught clinical and CME programs to health care practitioners at the University of California San Francisco, University of California at Davis and University of North Carolina’s Global Medical Education center, and yoga teachers through Los Angeles based Yoga Life. Over the years, I have also spent a huge amount of time teaching lay people about the wonders of this medicine. My method of writing books on Ayurveda in English, as well as blogging, wellness retreats and client consultations (at places California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco and The Retreat in Hong Kong).
In addition to the author Reenita, there’s also the radio presenter, blogger and opinion writer Reenita. My current pet peeve – Asian Threads, a story-telling show I present on RTHK Radio 3 about the tales of Asian cultures and communities. I also produce Money For Nothing, a business/finance focused live radio show and contribute regularly to the South China Morning Post family section. Before that I dabbled with a wide range of media gigs including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, Asian Investor, Times of India, Highlights for Children and National Geographic Kids, Cartoon Network Asia and Disney.
Since Bhel Puri only intensifies with complexity, I unleash my inner creativity through a variety of story forms….come tap my storehouse, I have many tales to tell!