I was born in Vizag to a Christian mother from London and Brahmin father from Tamil Nadu. My grandfather was in the British army during pre-independence days and my mother grew up in India. A course of continual tragic events happened in my family. When I was five, my mother died of uterine cancer. My father worked in the Gulf and he was ostracized from his family because he married my mother who was a Britisher . We experienced a lot of turbulent experiences in our family. My father shifted us to Hyderabad and I studied here from 3rd standard to 10th class. In 1988, he had to leave his job and come back to India to spend time with us. My father died of a cardiac arrest in December 1989. That was another turning point in our life. We had to go back to Vizag. We (my sisters and I) worked at a young age to support our education. Life taught us many lessons but it also opened us new avenues.