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Ranjini Rao is a writer and communications professor based in Bangalore. She's lived in New Zealand and the US for several years, and has a veritable track record working in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, from media relations to publishing. Her latest book, Lessons From My Mother's Kitchen, is a memoir dedicated to her mom, whom she lost to cancer four years ago. She writes about food, culture, health and wellness, books, parenting, and sustainable living. She's passionate about eco-consciousness, multiculturalism, and open education.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
I’ve been a student of Environmental Science during my undergrad years, which set the tone for my relationship with nature—one of shared intimacies during the outdoors and mindfulness in day-to-day affairs. Nature is an infinite source of inspiration for me; it is an evolving cultural mapping system that fuels my work as a food writer, a wellness and sustainability enthusiast, and a teacher of cross-cultural communications.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
Being a part of a thriving ecosystem comes with responsibilities, and to me, the most important of those is accountability. I also think it’s about everyday choices and cognizance, developing a sensitivity to nature’s clock and abiding by whatever it decrees, even if it means forgoing convenience for the interim.