About Me

5I am a marketing professional stuck between my lust for reading and traveling.

Things you might be curious about:

  1. My Website and online persona Beedi Queen was born as a quirky name that a friend had used for me when I told him a story about a 110-year-old grandmother in our village whom I always obliged with a packet of Beedi, which was the only thing she ever asked of me. Beedi is a rural substitute for a cigarette, made of tendu leaves and tobacco. My brand name BEEDI QUEEN does not mean that I consume, or endorse smoking Beedis.
  2. I hail from Assam. My parents were born in a sleepy village called Hailakandi near the border of Bangladesh. My native language is Sylheti. I am sure you never heard that language. It is a raw, coarser dialect of Bengali.
  3. I work full-time as a Product Marketer in Chennai. I manage to travel by clubbing together leaves and holidays. I do not take any unnecessary leaves at work except for the sole purpose of travel. I manage this blog during the weekends that I do not travel, or at late nights after work.
  4. I am a writer and I am working on my first novel.
  5. I have a dream to travel to all the countries in the world.
  6. I have a goal to inspire you, my reader to travel more, read more and live more.

To travel with me virtually and to get reading recommendations, follow me on Instagram.

My upcoming travel plans for 2017:

  1. Trip back home in North-East in June end during Eid. I would be traveling to Hailakandi via Meghalaya, and hope to do cross-country crossing into Bangladesh.   July update: I could not cross over to Bangladesh due to some last minute hassle in the visa procedure. You can submit the docs only in Delhi, Calcutta or Agartala embassies. With no online visa process available, it is a cumbersome thing for Indians.
  2. Travel to Indonesia in October.
  3. Travel to Sri Lanka in December holidays.

Apart from these major ones, many weekend trips which are as yet unplanned, within India.

My Reading goals for 2017:

52 books in 2017.

Progress meter – I have read 45 books as on August end.

Books Author
1 The Wasted Vigil Nadeem Aslam
2 The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
3 Boats On Land Janice Pariat
4 Fried Green Tomatoes on a Whistle Stop Cafe Fannie Flagg
5 When Breath becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
6 Regeneration Pat Barker
7 Laburnum for My Head Temsula Ao
8 The old man and the sea Ernest Hemingway
9 Legends of Pensam Mamang Dai
10 The Book Thief Markus Zusak
11 Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
12 The White Tiger Aravind Adiga
13 84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff
14 Animal farm George Orwell
15 A handmaid’s tale Margaret Atwood
16 The Blaft book of Mizo Myths Cherrie Lalnunziri Chhangte
17 Legends of Khasak O.V Vijayan
18 The Beach Alex Garland
19 One part woman Perumal Murugan
20 Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri
21 To the lighthouse Virginia Woolf
22 A room with a view E M Forster
23 Interpreter of maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
24 The inheritance of loss Kiran Desai
25 These hills called home Temsula Ao
26 Notes from a small island Yann Martel
27 LIfe Of Pi Bill Bryson
28 Seahorse Janice Pariat
29 The Vegetarian Han Kang
30 The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Arundhati Roy
31 Ghachar Ghochar Vivek Shanbag
32 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid
33 One flew over the cuckoo’s nest Ken Kesey
34 Em and the big Hoom Jerry Pinto
35 Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway
36 In Other Words Jhumpa Lahiri
37 Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
38 Train to Pakistan Khushwant Singh
39 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
40 Kissing the Demon Amrita Kumar
41 Foundation (1951) Isaac Asimov
42 Best of Guy De Maupassant Guy De Maupassant
43 Looking for Alaska John Green
44 Foundation and Empire (1952) Isaac Asimov
45 bird by bird Anne Lamott



7 thoughts on “About Me

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  1. Nice blog you got here… Loved the about me. I am also same, clubbing leaves to travel and writing as and when I can. Keep traveling and sharing. Have lots of fun, Wish you all the best for the coming days. 🙂


  2. Your Instagram handle in about me might be broken, it leads back to your about me page of blog. You can delete this comment that’s why I am writing this in a separate one.


  3. Your intro in CBC got me interested in your blog. So I headed straight to your About me section to find you even more interesting. Looks like you have a lot of clarity and a great planner. Nice meeting you here. I hope to read more of your posts in the coming days. Cheers.

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