I was in the sciences and I really enjoyed it, but I like the arts too. And in India you could do both. Almost everybody did both. In college in India I felt that I was very restricted because you had to make your choice sophomore year; sciences or liberal arts. I chose the sciences because my mother advised me that if I later chose I wanted to switch it would be easier transitioning to the arts because I wouldn’t be as far behind than if I was to switch into the sciences. So I took her advice and I’m glad I did. I was very young even in India to be in college but I didn’t realize it. Most people are in college about 16 or so and I was 15 years old.
I was having a good time in school. Too good of time I think! (laughs). My parents would say, “what are you going to do?” and I said, “Oh I’ll eventually get married and they said, “we’re not talking about that”. My mother and grandmother would tell me I have to have a profession. They didn’t care if I was married or not, but insisted on my independence. I grew up in a very progressive, forward thinking family. I grew up with a desire to travel and decided the only way I could see the world was if I went as a student and figured I could work or something.