I am a curious optimist on a quest to learn and share. I was a biomedical researcher who took to sports photography which led to becoming an entrepreneur and a swim coach/analyst. I went back to university to study Sport Physiology as I wanted to learn more, I now apply my knowledge and continually seek for more.
I was working as a scientist in a diagnostic start up as soon as I finished an MSc in biotechnology. A bone tumor in my foot kept me from working in the labs and led me to the business development wing, which I thoroughly enjoyed but I missed the labs so I applied for project associate position in a multi-disciplinary project at IISc. A mix of electronics, biochemistry and diagnostics, it was a very exciting and challenging applied project which lead to scientific publications and patents. I took to photography as a hobby and convened the club at the institute which lead to contributing to a friend’s website on hockey and eventually assignments. I had a chat with my professor and chose to take a break from the labs.
Athletes I observed from the side-lines helped me stay motivated (subconsciously) in my own recovery. I realised that I wanted to be a part of the Indian sports ecosystem. I was in awe of their capabilities and wanted to learn more, a conversation with a coach who helped break national records using a scientific approach made me think. A friend ushered me to attend a swimming workshop in the UK which lead the aqua-phobic me into becoming a swim coach and analyst. I completed an MSc in Applied Sport Physiology and have touched only the tip of the iceberg and on a quest for more.
I did not think I would choose photography over science, neither did I know that science will be the integral link between the past and present of my journey. None of it was served on a plate but the challenges have been very satisfying. Learning and evolving from every experience is humbling, stay curious, and believe in yourself.
As published in Science Times: https://www.instagram.com/p/BpxSORyBqM9/
Here’s a capsule of my journey so far:
|2008-2010||ReaMetrix||Scientist||Got placed while completing my MSc thesis. An innovation lead diagnostics company. I worked on the first FDA approved diagnostic product from India which also won BioSpectrum Best Innovation Award.|
|2010-2013||IISc||Project Associate||Interdisciplinary projects between ECE, Biochemistry, CeNSE & Molecular Biology Unit. Published papers and filed a patent, and the project eventually later developed into a startup on campus.|
|2010-2013||Photography Club IISc||Convenor||Convened the club and organised various events including three exhibitions, revamped a club that was dormant for a very long time and passed the baton with a framework|
|2011-2013||Notebook Drive||Core member||Organised various drives, and mentored students from local schools and contributed to the planning of events and structure of the volunteer group|
|2012||Fans OF Hockey||Photographer and Editor||Joined the founder and contributed to its projects|
|2012||Jude Felix Hockey Academy||Volunteer||Learnt nuances of how an NGO is run and grassroot hockey training and development structure through volunteering|
|2013||Rolling Shutterz||Co-Founder||Co-founded a community photography group to increase outreach of cycling in Bangalore through images and stories|
|2013||MTB Himalaya||Photographer||Worked at one of Asia’s toughest MTB mutli-stage event, learnt how to make things happen even in the remotest parts of the foothills of the Himalayas|
|2013||Tour of Nilgiris||Photographer||Volunteered with a group of people and learnt key life lessons about human egos and insecurities|
|2013-2016||Communications Head n Photographer||Bangalore Ultimate Open||Helped with overall event communication, PR and sponsor management along with photography for various editions of India’s biggest Ultimate Frisbee tournament over few editions.|
|2013 – 2018||Davis Cups, Bengaluru Opens||Photographer||Photographer and involved with the communications channels working closely with organising committees towards fulfilling sponsor commitments and showcasing the event highlights|
|2014-2016||UPAI||Communications Head||Managed Communications and helped streamline processes including committees and managed social media channels and sponsors|
|2015||Smart Progression||Director||CoFounded a Sports Enterprise towards bringing the best practices for coaching and consulting (currently in Swimming and cycling) to India.|
|2015||MVS Cycling Carnival||Communications||Associated with event experience, communication and photography for the last three editions of the event working closely with the organising team, eventually inducted into the organising team for future editions|
|2016||U23 Ultimate World Championships 2016||Media||Worked with World Flying Disc Federation as a key member of the Media Team of the event.|
|2016||TI Swimming||Coach||First Indian to qualify as a Total Immersion Swim Coach. A great learning experience from being aquaphobic to overcoming my fears and helping swimmers of all levels including age groupers towards achieving PBs.|
|2016-17||M.Sc.||Applied Sports Physiology||Pursued an MSc in Sport Physiology to understand sports science and venture further into its applications to the Indian Sports Ecosystem|
|2017||WCBU2017||Media||Worked with Beach Ultimate and World Flying Disc Federation as a key member of the Media Team of the event.|
|2017||Start up||Advisor||Consultant for a swimming technology start up|
|2018||Bikefitter||Cycling Analyst||Completed an international advanced course in bikefitting from the best in the world|
|2018||Pinnacle||Honorary Member||A member of an organisation working towards creating unique cycling event such as the MVS Cycling Carnival & Briar MTB Challenge.|