Born in London to South African parents of Indian descent and raised in Montreal, Canada, Jini is an author and travel and features writer. Her byline has appeared in various publications, among them The Guardian, Metro, Independent, Sunday and Daily Telegraph, TIME, National Geographic Traveller, The Times and the Sunday Times Style.
Her travels have taken her to far-flung corners of the world and she reckons she was welcomed most warmly by the pagan Kalash woman in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan and by Iranian poetry lovers amidst the roses at (poet) Hafez’ tomb in Shiraz. She’s hiked through India’s mysterious Living Root Bridges and once spent five days and nights fasting alone atop a mountain in the Pyrenees.
Her new book, Wanderland, on her journey to explore the magical in the landscape, is published by Bloomsbury Books in April 2020. Her previous, Wild Times, shone a light on gentle, creative experiences that connect people with land and nature in Britain. It won the Adele Evans Guidebook Award at the British Guild of Travel Writers Awards in 2017 and was runner-up at the Travel Media Awards that year. Jini started her career at Penguin Books, happily writing the back-jacket blurbs.