Ola Beautiful minds,

My name is Shilpa. I enjoy the little things that life has to offer us – from the gorgeous landscapes to delicious cuisines to adventurous mountain hiking. You don’t have to travel miles to experience this, it’s right around the corner of your home.

About the satori saga

Welcome to the creative world. Whether you are planning to travel or just looking for inspiration, you’re at the right place. The Satori Saga is a tastefully blended blog where you’ll find suggestions on how you can travel as a backpacker, secret tips to planning a trip on a budget (yet luxurious), local guide and cultural experiences.

Apart from words, I have a passion for telling stories through watercolors and digital wacom. So you’ll be seeing a lot more of my quirky illustrations in the near future.

My Story

Growing up in a region known for its diverse culture, sure had its benefits. I have been fortunate to meet people who are glad to strike up a conversation about their life,their friends and family back home. Such conversations that has led to some great friendship over just a cup of coffee/beer – has given me a broad picture about places around the world – from a locals perspective. 

Brought up in Abu Dhabi, I spent the last 2 years in Bangalore, India. This time, I was able to do a lot more travelling, while I sketched and photographed along the way. I also polished my writing skills by taking up freelance content writing that also helped me fund my travels. I recently moved to Melbourne and I am excited to begin a new life, which means I’ll have lot more stories to share with you guys.

Satori (sä-tôr′ē, sə-) derived from Buddhism, means “sudden awakening”.

It was only about five years ago I realised my interest in art was not just a childhood infatuation. Though I was sketching and painting since I can remember, I knew I had to take it to the next level. It all  started after a family trip to Malaysia in 2011.

We had no photographs from the trip as they were accidentally deleted. So I doodled away all my thoughts, with short phrases about the time and weather, the surrounding, and the smell of the place when I was there.

Every time I looked at that torn piece of sketch paper, it would constantly refresh my memory about my time in Malaysia. It reminded me of the Good Times. Isn’t that what we  look forward to every single day? the good times. 

Within an hour, I set up a free blog with Blogger and eventually moving to WordPress.

I am continuously learning and evolving the nature of this blog to entertain my curious readers. With hand crafted content, I assure to stay honest.

The Satori Saga is not about my self-discovery. Through my words and illustrations, I wish to motivate you to find an interest or a passion. It will lead you to a path where you won’t look at life the same way ever again. Your passion will encourage you to live your life with a purpose.  

Now that I’ve shared my story, lets hear yours. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



  1. I can identify with this so much! I was born and raised in Dubai, and now live in Bangalore 🙂

    Looking forward to more of your posts!

  2. Thank you for liking my post, nice to know your blog, I am your avid follower now, good job, have a nice day 🙂

  3. Hi Shilpa, I love your shining personality, and your enthusiasm!
    Thanks so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. And don’t be a stranger – feel free to join the conversation.
    Cheers, and happy travels

  4. Hi
    Interesting blog; how do you finance all your trips? I will spend some time reading your stories today
    Thanks for the likes; hope you become a follower
    Rob and Diane

    • Financing is the major part. But I believe if you got the will. Somehow finance is the last thing that will stop you;)Thanks for stopping by Rob and Diane.

  5. Have a great journey guys and live it to its fullest. I just read your article on Bali and absolutely agree that it is one of the most magical places. All the best. Tim

  6. Thanks so much for following my blog, I hope you enjoy the stories of my journeys. Cool blog is your! Have a wonderful day, Greta

  7. nanamascara

    love your blog! it’s awesome…am glad you saw mine and allowed me to discover this treasure!

  8. Thank you for liking my very first post ‘Sulphur Butterflies’ on my blog, which led me to your interesting blog. Look foward to reading more. Sally

  9. Thanks for liking my post about Belize! Your blog is awesome – I think we are on like minded journeys. I am actually going to be in India next month – if you’re keen on traveling together, we should chat more! Take care!

  10. Thanks for stopping by to read our travel blog. I was in Abu Dhabi and Doba a few years back for work, and posted on our other blog about some of the adventures. You can see more at http://www.ourkitcheninventions.wordpress.com

    I really enjoyed my visit in Abu Dhabi and the tasty local food, walking around the Corniche, and getting to know the malls! (LOL!)

    Look forward to reading more on your blog.

    • Haha that’s is true. The malls are an experience by itself too :mrgreen:. Corniche is great for winter strolls. I just stay about 10 minutes away from the corniche so it’s a walk from the walk. :)thanks for stopping by Susan and Wade 🙂

  11. Hi Shilpa, nice to meet you. You’ve been to some wonderful places! I’d love to go to Abudhabi one day.
    Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. And don’t be a stranger. Feel free to join in the conversation.
    Cheers, and happy travels,

  12. Thanks for liking my blog. I’m about to start a new series of posts about “Hidden Treasures,” hoping to draw on some of my travel adventures. Meanwhile I am enjoying looking at your evocative drawings of some of the places (like the stupa decked with prayer flags) that I think I have also seen.

  13. I like the clean layout of the blog. I have a healthy respect for any one who can draw, being unable to make anything faintly resembling ‘art’ myself.

    Thanks for visiting. I hope to see you again soon. I am following your blog now, because I’ve liked how it is laid out and also how your photos and art complement the post.

  14. Hi Shilpa, thanks for taking the time to comment on my post about finding juicy burgers at the Salt food truck here in Abu Dhabi, I appreciate it. This blog looks amazing, looking forward to reading more. I have travelled quite extensively in the past also, still get itchy feet. I don’t think you ever get cured from wanderlust!

  15. I pretty much love everything about your blog Shilpa, but I especially love the theme you are using. It works so well for you. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

    • Thanks Janet, I’m such a fan of your work, especially the content. Each article of yours always brings about a question in every reader. Hope to read more of your posts. ?

  16. Hey Shilpa!
    Loved your theme of the blog as well as your layout. Everything looks neatly put. Amazing! 🙂

    • Shilpa Balakrishnan

      Thankyou Samiya for nominating me. I hope we can continue to be friends and motivate each other along the way:)


  18. Your blog looks fantastic..beautiful photography..Lucky you, to be travelling all the time..:) I’m in Bangalore too..high-five..:D

  19. You have a really interesting blog Shilpa. I stumbled on it while looking for details on Cemoro Lawang. So much travel in 5 years is quite a motivation! & love the sketches!! 🙂

    • Shilpa Balakrishnan

      Thanks Asma, hope you stay tuned for more. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Finally a blog I wanted! Amazing illustrations! I am planning a Bali solo-trip and your trip plan is pure awesome. Keep writing!
    – Cheers!

  21. great blog, well written. btw, love read more and more stories on India’s northeast

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