Romola Butalia was born in Kolkata and completed school from Loreto House, Kolkata. She graduated with honours in Economics from Miranda House, Delhi University. Thereafter, she did her Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.
Romola Butalia’s professional life began in the travel trade. It was followed by several years in the print media. Her work horizons expanded through the making of television programs and corporate films. She was one of the earliest entrants to explore the Internet professionally. India Travelogue is a website initially created by her in 1997, and she continues to be the Editor. She has written two books: In the Presence of the Masters and Sri Babaji Immortal Yogi of the Himalayas.
Her many passions in life have included travel, people and cultures and the sharing of knowledge and joy. She has always enjoyed writing and communication through different media. The Himalayas have long been her adopted home. She spent many years in sadhana or spiritual practice, bhraman or wandering, swadhyaya or introspective study and anushthan or prescribed ceremony. As a practitioner in the traditions of the Himalayan yogis, Romola Butalia is known as Sriji.
Since 2012, she mostly lives a reclusive life in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. However, she returns at intervals for tests in the market place.