30 Ottawa, Ontario, CA
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My self-summary
When I was an 8 year old, I wrote an autobiography of my life to be. In the book, I said that I really wanted to be a basketball player when I grew up. I listed all the awards and championships I would win with the meticulous detail that only a 8 year old could use. But, I also said that the chances were that I would not be a basketball player, but rather end up being some sort of business man. To this day I have not decided whether it was good or bad that I had such a sensible yet boring back-up plan as an 8 year old.

When I was 23, I decided to cast aside the shackles of my undergraduate degree in mathematics and journey to a far off land. You see, when my father was 23, he left his friends and family in India and came to North America in search of a better life. Thus, I would do the same and make a similar voyage to the land of opportunity known as America, and I would become a student of the law.

Before making that journey, I spent five weeks learning french on the government's dime in rural Quebec. I had the opportunity to embrace the Quebecois lifestyle, which I learned consisted primarily of drinking beer on a porch. I also had the chance to perform improv in french, and was the star of the show. It was not until toward the end of the five weeks that I realized that people were laughing at my french accent rather than at my jokes.

Shortly after I began law school in the United States, a career adviser told me that law firms would love me because I had a lot of overseas experience. Not having the heart to tell him that Canada was not overseas, I simply made a mental note to ignore his advice.

I really enjoyed law school but being a corporate lawyer wasn't for me, so I went back to graduate school for economics.

Now, as a man of 30, I try to live by the advice of Kurt Vonnegut:

"Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies - "God damn it, you've got to be kind."
What I’m doing with my life
Serving the public
I’m really good at
Making puns about herbs and spices. For example:
"What a waste of thyme"
"Oregano gangster"
"Cayenne I get an amen?"
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: Mindy Kaling, Kurt Vonnegut, Nick Hornby, Michael Lewis, AJ Jacobs, Jonathan Tropper.

Bookmarks: boarding passes, friends' business cards and US $1 bills.

Movies: I like movies about janitors at elite educational institutions that are secretly geniuses. Anything in that genre.

TV: How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Rec, Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine Nine

Podcasts: This American Life, Serial, Slate Political Gabfest, You Made It Weird, The House, The Moth, Mystery Show, Startup
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Public policy, economics, the relative merits of living in Ottawa, the next dish I want to try cooking