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Hi! I am Chaitali β€˜Chika’ Gujarathi. I was born and raised in Ahmedabad, India where I learned English, Gujarati, and Hindi starting at a young age. At 16, I immigrated to the United States with my family and settled in Charlotte, North Carolina where the most common question I received was, "did you know "Chika" means a girl in Spanish?".

After graduating from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, career and travels took me all over the world, before I finally settled in Chicago with my husband, Devang. In all these years of assimilation I never realized how lucky I was to be able read and write in my native languages, until of course, when I became pregnant with my first child (Asha). The never ending cravings for Dosa (a South Indian food speciality) forced me to frequent Chicago's Little India on Devon Street and brought back fond memories of what it meant to be Indian, and how my child(ren) would grow up in a world that was so vastly different than my own childhood. This, in essence, was the conception of the idea that eventually became the Hello Namaste! brand.

Now, back in the Tar Heel state, with three kids, and a career as a writer and children's book author, I feel like I am living the American Dream that goes beyond my wildest expectations. You can find my stories on motherhood, travel, books, and everything in between, in several national and local publications. Follow along my adventures at and @theantibland on Instagram.