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Hello there; thanks for stopping by. I am Sampath Menon and this site is a Travel and Street Photography blog that also doubles as my personal journal. If you find my stories interesting, please feel free to connect.


About me

I am an IT industry veteran, a tech entrepreneur, food enthusiast, street photographer and a part-time traveller. As an entrepreneur, I successfully co-founded and helped scale 2 award-winning Tech startups.

An image that I clicked was featured on NatGeo recently and some of my articles have appeared on leading online magazines including LiveMint and HuffPo (links below).

The companies I co-founded

I have been fortunate to help conceptualize and scale 2 award-winning Tech startups: and Callystro has a Design Studio that helps Corporates with innovative design-led technology initiatives. Another division in Callystro helps thousands of under-privileged students learn life skills, school educational topics, and gain financial literacy through the power of games. Several leading NGOs in India including Pratham, EkStep, Central Square Foundation and Akshara Foundation work with Callystro in spreading learning to the poorest of the poor in India.

As part of my work, my partners and I have won several National awards including the 2012 ET Power of Ideas, the Pearson Affordable Learning Cohort, and the Nasscom Social Innovation Honours to name a few. Cobels, a Callystro product, is a learning-games program for K12 that has revolutionized learning in the social sector.

My interests

I enjoy travel, street photography and interaction with like-minded people. Here is a Podcast that features my conversation with Saif and Faiza of ‘The Musafir Stories’. Please check them out for some wonderful travel tales from around India. 

I also dabble a bit in creative writing. Following are some publications that have carried my articles, or featured stories about me:



Let us connect

Aquarian. If you think that’ll help you get to know me better.

Sonny boy and me. A slightly dated picture.

Disclaimer: All views expressed on this blog are my own. My employer has got nothing do with any of this.

© All text, images and ideas on this blog are copyrighted by Sampath Menon. If you would like to use anything from this site, please seek explicit permission.

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