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Shamanth Rao

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  • 25 Positive References1 Neutral
  • No languages listed
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Writing, Travel, Lazing, Reading.
  • No education listed
  • From Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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About Me


Exploring America.


I write. I travel. I write about travel.

I'm fortunate in that I can travel fairly often, and that I have the life I love. I enjoy long bike and car rides. I know India's west coast like the back of my hand. I prefer slow drives to fast ones - I believe it's more important to see than to reach.

I love long train rides. Some of the most memorable moments of my life have come on long train rides.

I like good food, interesting people, great conversations, long walks and evenings spent reading.

I moved to the US in 2012. I lived in NYC till Sep 2013 - and have just moved out to SF. I'm in love with both cities.


I live to try and experience everything that life possibly has to offer.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Hosted a lot of people when I was in Calicut, India.
Attended CS meets in Bangalore, India - and in NYC.

And looking forward to host folks in SF Bay area.


Travel(duh), Writing, Reading, Food, Long walks

Music, Movies & Books

I dabble in a lot of genres. I've not quite managed to explore most of them in the depth that I'd like to. There never seems to be enough time. :).

I listen to western classical music and jazz. Favourite bands include Beatles, Floyd, Lynnyrd Skynnyrd. John Denver and Alison Krauss break my heart.

I love Wodehouse - I fantasize about staying in the world of his characters sometime. I wish I could sense like Bradbury, feel like Llosa and see as detachedly as Pico Iyer. I enjoy reading travel literature.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

A couple of things, actually.

- A few bike rides across one half of India and back.
- A ten day train ride around India.
- First time in Europe, when I was in Switzerland and Germany a while ago. I realized how impossibly difficult it is to see everything there is. :)
- Living in NYC.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can give tips on train footboard travel, and on long distance biking and driving.
I'm just about finding my groove in travel writing, but I can share pointers on travel writing based on the few experiences I've had.

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