I started out of college as a computer engineer, had a successful career in technology and product management and have come a long way from there. Today I work in the field of canine behaviour, providing holistic canine care with a firm grounding in science and research. I love the idea that this job gracefully brings together my love for dogs and my love for science. But more importantly, it's very personal. I started working with dogs when my precious little puppy met with a horrific accident that took away half her face and required a year of surgeries. At that time, I knew enough about dogs to know that she would have some kind of a post trauma disorder and I started my desperate search for someone who could help her. At that time, I did not realized that the person who eventually managed to help me was none other than Turid Rugaas, the world leader in canine behaviour. Meanwhile I had started a facebook group called Bombat Dawgz meant for pet parents as crazy as me. The group was growing rapidly and I was able to help members with the knowledge I had gained from Turid. It soon became evident to me that I had to learn this formally. Once I did, the career just happened. I guess, you could say that the career found me. Since there, there has been no looking back and I now know what I want to be doing for the rest of my life - work with dogs.
MY JOURNEY BEFORE DOGS
I started working at Yahoo as a software engineer and moved on to being a product manager. I worked with Yahoo for 7 years and then the 7 year itch made itself felt.
My engagement with Parikrma Humanitarian Foundation started when I was working with Yahoo and led their CSR initiative to have a school built for Parikrma to educate underserved children. I later joined Parikrma as a technology head to help them leverage technology in the best ways possible to achieve their goals.
I spent two years as the VP for Products at Stormglass, a silicon valley funded start up aimed at building a "spy experience" for kids through books, ipad and browser games.
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I started classical dance when I was four and danced for a decade before taking a long break of another decade. My heart took me back to my old teacher. I gave a few public performances before I finally retired from classical dancing due to injuries.
I am a PADI certified Advanced diver and have had the good fortune of diving in the Similans, Hikkadua, Netrani and Havelock. I love Havelock so much that we got married there and all our guests were given few diving lessons. I even considered becoming a rescue diver!
When I retruned to dance, I also decided to complete my state level exams. This was the period when I learnt the most about art, mythology and art history. I find India and it's heritage fascinating.
I don't cook, but I love to eat. I am a member of chaine des rotisseurs an an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950. Don't let my size fool you, I sure can eat!
I had the good fortune to visit vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Russian River, Anderson Valley etc. where I picked up my taste for wine. I was briefly involved with the Bangalore Wine Club and I still enjoy a good bottle of Viogner.
I loved to push my limits when I ran. But it was during this phase that I discovered repetitive injuries and significance of gaits, which is now very valuable in my current profession.
Teaching dog behaviour
Practicing for stage
Diving in Similans
With Turid in Norway
Dog behaviour is a passion
Photoshoot in old Bangalore
Diving in Havalock
On stage after a decade
Diving in Hikkadua
With a client in Atlanta
Diving in Netrani
With sister in SF
With Turid in Bad Wimphen
One month intensive training in Norway with Turid Rugaas, Anne Lill Kvam and Agnes Vælidalo and one year in depth training in the US with Turid Rugaas