I grew up in Varanasi, India - one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

My father is an ophthalmologist and my mother is a professor in Organic Chemistry. I have two brothers - Sudeep and Ashutosh.

My non academic hobbies, as a teenager, used to be puzzle solving, embroidery and
painting but in IIT Kanpur, I learnt swimming and subsequently developed great interest in it. I started as a beginner (used to struggle to complete a 50m freestlye length in more than a minute :P ) and joined the Institute Swimming team a year later. 

My amateur attempts at painting and embroidery:

Pencil shading:

Crayon drawing:

Cross stitch embroidery:

Cross stitch