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Who I am, or what makes me who I appear to be, will depend somewhat on your perspective. Like the story of the blind men and the elephant, I may appear as a different person from different angles. There are many facets to explore. What indeed does define me? Is it my name? gender? age? where I was born? where I was raised? Or may be all of the above put together?

I was born in 1958 to Indian parents who had migrated from Kerala to Bombay. My father worked as a clerk at the Western Railways HQ at Churchgate, an my mother worked as a primary school teacher. I was raised in a suburb called Andheri (east), and did my schooling at Holy Family High School near Chakala.

Holy Family High School 1970s

Holy Family Church. Part of the school can be seen to the left. 1970s.

After a couple of years at Parle College, I moved to IIT Madras, where I did one year of Civil Engineering before shifting over to Bomaby IIT for Mechanical Engineering.

Since 1984 I have been working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My wife joined me here in 1988. We have had two sons, one born in 1993 and the second one born in 1998. Both of them have left home and joined universities, one in USA and the other in UK, leaving my wife and me to watch over our empty nest.

I have a day job working as the general manager of a tire retreading and radiator repairing factory in Riyadh. My wife is a high school teacher and coordinator.

I have wanted to write ‘slice of life’ stories for my two children, so that they know what life was like when I was their age. I will try to make a small beginning through these blogs, trying to dig deep into my memory and to paint a word picture as best as I could of those bygone days.