People

We People

" believe that travel has the power to change one’s view through the unexpected experiences it throws up. Travel should be free of glossy contraptions, and should be capable of introducing one to unexpected, unknown discoveries. Who knows how these experiences can forge the course of our future?"

We specialize in designing customized travel experiences, in India and overseas. Our aim is to introduce people to experiences of sights, interactions and culture that are beyond the regular.
We also have a pathological discomfort of itineraries, so we keep our travels open to endless tweaking and changes, all in compliance to the travellers’ demands.
Our one-day trips are always enlivened by the wise words of subject matter experts who know the places we explore better than the back of their hands.

shishir nikam
founder/MD/traveller
An MBA degree, and five years of cubicle view, convinced him that he was built for other things in life. So he quit, re-discovered his backpack, and set out to find what travel really meant to him. With Black Swan he wants to find kindred souls who want to experience places and not just visit them. This travel company is the baby that gives him immense pleasure, and occasionally, sleepless nights. All in the spirit of the travel, as he likes to say!

amit deshmukh
mentor/director/whip-handler
He is an entrepreneur and a business manager at heart, with 15 years of experience across a wide range of industries. A start-up environment is his fertile playground, where he can work a proven track record of strategy and innovation to create magic. He is the relentless voice of reason in the Black Swan universe of lotus-eaters. Rest assured, he handles the pressure rather well!

karthik natarajan
design director/petrol head/idiot
Defying labels is his favourite pastime. So he makes sure all his fingers and toes are in pies of flavours too many. Most of the time, he plays the consummate traveller, Internet fanatic, vegetarian foodie, and superheroes fan boy. In his spare time he is an architect, and a designer who makes sure the Black Swan website and posters rock.

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shveta siram bahadur
traveller/chief voyeger/in-line-keeper
Is with Black Swan because she believes that travel is what makes one realize what one is in search of. Another MBA product (make the connection?), her aim is to motivate and support Shishir, and hopes to continue on this journey for a long time to come.

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namrata jadhav
Sr Manager of Operations/ rescuer/ chocolate bringer
Dedicated and enthusiastic, this intelligent, merit student does not let our customized itineraries pass without a question, a possibility and a solution. She enjoys working in a team to give the traveler a journey they deserve. Having studied International Tourism Management (with Merit) from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and Hospitality and Hotel Administration, Goa, she went on to work in reputed travel companies only to decide that designing off-beat, art and culture based tours was where her heart and true calling lay!

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neha dikshit
Associate Director / animal lover / artist
Straight from the high flying skies, she brings with her 13 years of experience in the aviation industry. Having completed her B Com from Pune, she has flown the world & explored intriguing crevasses that excited her to join the travel industry. At Black Swan she helps us connect the dots with the traveller and handles our social life. She very meticulously brings forth our philosophy of experiential travel. A designated care taker of our resident cat & an in house DJ, she makes sure our office hours are never quite or boring!

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anish abraham
Executive operations / philosopher / charmer
Having completed his Bachelors in Commerce & a diploma in graphic design, he is an integral part of our Operations team. Essay’s his role in planning & executing our trips to the T! He injects life to the itineraries we design by interacting with the traveler & service providers on the road.
It helps that he has a stomach for innovative cuisine and a set of itchy feet, like all of us! A philosopher with a witty side, his famous words...
“I don’t have a sweet tooth, I have a meat tooth.

ayush ahuja
Startup Person/Bridge
An MBA from ISB, he drives the business and plays the balancing act between product and business. His army upbringing means travel is his second nature. Founded his first company at 21 and has since worked in IT, Education and FMCG. High-growth startups excite him

you
traveller/wanderer/awesome
the traveller. the amazing. the ever present and ever needed. the seeker of good things and the teller of good stories. and more importantly the foundation and reason of our existence.

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