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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Hindi, Spanish
  • 45, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • Kartik: food retail/customer service & small business...
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About Me

Note: WE'RE NOT IN NEW YORK CITY! :-) Obvious to some, but we get lots of international requests thinking we're in the area. Actually, we're in "upstate" NY, 4.5 hours away.


We lead relatively busy lives, due primarily to our little people and our inability to say no to so many wonderful life happenings! But when we're at home we like to cook, get together with friends and family, read and/or listen to music--all the while caring for the little'uns.

Our kids, Khai (Jan 2012) and Selah (Jan 2015), are amazing small humans--seriously. It's great to be able to couchsurf with them when we're able and a wonderful way for them to learn about folks from all over the country and the world.

Some of our core values include justice, anti-racist work, community, respect and love. We recognize that this is all ongoing work, which we feel fully committed to. Having deep, insightful, loving/spiritual conversation always feels so nourishing.


Be kind. Give thanks. Share. Laugh. Compost!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

We've hosted a good number of individuals/couples and have surfed with several others. Very much love this opportunity to connect; we've made several good friends in this way and many more friendly acquaintances, and hope it stays strong for many, many years to come.


Music, cooking, gardening, reading, biking, Ultimate Frisbee, CrossFit/healthful living; simplicity. And hanging out with our kids, of course.

  • cooking
  • wine
  • beer
  • baking
  • crossfit
  • gardening
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • cycling
  • ultimate frisbee

Music, Movies, and Books

The River Why, 100 Years of Solitude, Raising Elijah, 1Q84, Sing Unburied Sing, On the Wild Edge, The Good Rain, The Brothers K, Siddhartha, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Three Cups of Tea, Omnivore's Dilemma, I Thought My Father Was God; Monsoon Wedding, Shawshank Redemption, Life is Beautiful, Billy Elliott, V for Vendetta, True Grit; Brother Ali, Newgrass / New Acoustic (Bela Fleck, Darol Anger, Yonder Mtn String Band, Sam Bush, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Foghorn Stringband, OCMS), M Ward, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Clem Snide, Digable Planets, Arrested Development, Eddie from Ohio, John Fahey, Leo Kottke (this list is very old--lots of changes on here over the past many years! But it would take too long to update these days, so here it is.) :-)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Almost getting sucked into the Pacific Ocean at Golden Gate Park, SF... X-country skiing at Denali National Park... Traveling by train around India... seeing our kids being born.

Teach, Learn, Share

Gardening, mandolin, cooking, bike maintenance, baking.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Happy to cook you a meal and have some friendly conversation (hopefully interesting!). Kartik is decently handy and is happy taking on small house projects. (While we very much enjoy humane/locally sourced/small farm/"friendly" meat and animal products, we are mostly vegetarian when that's not the case.)

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, Sweden, United States

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