• M.S., Computer Science, San Jose State University, June '89
  • B.A., English, Madras University (India), June '81
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Madras (India) 
  • Diplome Superieur, Alliance Francaise de Madras (India) 




  • Third prize, 2014, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, for India Currents column “From the Man Village into the Jungle”   
  • First prize, 2009, New America Media, for best feature in Entertainment category for India Currents story “Karnatik Revival”   
  • One-minute story pitch prize at the Pitchapalooza at Kepler’s Books, 2010
  • Gold medalist, University of Madras, for performance in B. A., 1981
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award for excellence in B.A., 1981



  • Software Development and Systems Administration (IBM, 1989—1999)