I grew up in rural central India and New Delhi. After finishing high school there, I left home and volunteered at the Baha’i World Center in Israel for two years. Then I went to Lake Forest College for my bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry where I graduated with honors and distinction in my senior thesis. After college I spent a few years as a chemist synthesizing organic electronic materials in Chicago before moving to Baltimore where I worked as a medical interpreter and helped set up children and junior–youth classes in my neighborhood. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, photography, reading, exploration, and racquet sports.