“My mother is a college lecturer and my father an active scientist. As a wide eyed young kid I had the opportunity to visit premier institutes like AIIMS and IISc, trips which left a permanent imprint on my mind. If I hadn’t been guided enough I might have taken up football (and failed at it miserably), but doing basic sciences was the next best thing.

During my college admissions process, I got an interview call from St Stephen’s college…