Hobbies: I enjoy swimming, running, and hiking. I also enjoy all types of world cinema and am particularly drawn to Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Eric Rohmer.

Background: I grew up in Mumbai/Bombay in a secular Hindu family characterized mainly as belonging to the bhakti tradition. I spent five surreal years in Kharagpur, West Bengal, for college, and then seven beautiful years in Berkeley/San Francisco for my graduate school and postdoc. I have the strongest sense of belonging to Mumbai and northern California. I am (very slowly) learning to like Chicago.