Happiness—it is what my first name means in Sanskrit. I try to live by my name most of the time. It was also the name of a great emperor from the 7th century AD. The only commonality between the emperor and me is that both of us were born in India.

I have lived most of my life in Hyderabad, India, through my schooling and bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering. I started my career writing code as a software engineer at Wipro Technologies in Bangalore, India. More recently I moved to Greensboro, NC (about an hour from Duke’s campus), to start my current role as a finance consultant in the enterprise resource planning space.

I have been around the area for about two years and am starting to get settled in. My transition from being a coder to a consultant has been eventful and exciting. My experience working with clients in areas such as sales chain, supply chain and finance, has exposed me to the diverse facets of business. I am pursuing a Weekend Executive MBA at Duke to increase my knowledge in the diverse areas of how business works and to make great friends through the journey. I have been impressed with the “Team Fuqua” culture that springs out of each and every one here.

Apart from work, I love to spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking good vegetarian versions of all cuisines. If you are not able to find me at work, or in the kitchen, or at Duke, you likely won’t find me at home either because I love to travel. I have hiked to the top of most of the mountains around Bangalore. I have travelled quite a bit in the U.S. too.

I am happy to be a part of the Fuqua family and the larger Duke family. I look forward to showing you glimpses of my ride through the program via the blog.