38 San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
Hi, my name is Manu. In grad school my friends would say that I reminded them of Seinfeld.

In my time off work, cooking is probably my biggest love, followed closely by dancing. I'm happiest exploring new recipes and restaurants and while I try my best to keep it healthy, the appeal of something crunchy and fried does get in the way. Some combination of yoga and long walks through the city hopefully makes up for it...

I've been lucky to experience life and culture around the world. I was born in Africa and grew up there and in India before moving to the US. More recently, I've had the chance visit Italy, Brazil and Argentina. I think countries are like people. They each have a personality and if I get to know them well, I miss them when I'm gone.
What I’m doing with my life
I finished business school in LA and now work in management consulting. This means that I help other businesses solve their problems, though on many days it feels like herding cats. Still, it is a fun gig and I'm learning a lot, especially about people, their motivations and the business of business.
I’m really good at
I make the best hot the world. (Picture me saying that in a Jeremy Clarkson voice. If you know what I'm talking about, we should probably have a Top Gear night).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I recently devoured Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City' cover-to-cover on a plane. I loved the vignettes of San Francisco in 70s that come through in his writing

Magazines / News: Fortune, NPR, The Economist, NY Times (funnies, crosswords and their cooking section is pretty good too!)

Movies: All the Days Before Tomorrow, Before Sunrise, Inside Out

TV Shows: Top Gear, Star Trek, QI, Veep. Also old brit comedies (Yes Minister, Are You Being Served)

Food: Home cooking! And recreating the old recipes from home in my kitchen. I'm mostly vegetarian, save the occasional craving for fish n chips
The six things I could never do without
Trusted friends, some form of dancing (tango, swing, or bhangra!), tea, human touch, a comfy pair of pjs and the chance to sleep in every now then.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What happens if you mix marzipan and nutella. Preferably on top of a warm crepe.
On a typical Friday night I am
My latest realization is that the things I remember the most, and the most fondly, are seldom things I had anticipated I would. I recently went on a road trip up to Big Sur. We went hiking, dancing, beach-bumming - the works. Still the time I remember most is the night we couldn't find a good place to stay and ended up in a cheap motel in the middle of nowhere. We bought some booze, a deck of cards, burritos. We ate, drank, talked and played late into the night while the small town around us slept off.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I eat my falafels with ketchup.

Someday, when I don't live in a tiny apartment in the city, I'd like to have a big, daft, orange dog.
You should message me if
You'd like to take a cooking class with me
or you'd like to catch a comedy show with me
or you'd like to explore or learn something new with me
or you just wanna hang out
or you wanna say hi. Just do it! =)