Born in Goa, India, I am currently based at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My work as Asst. Professor at Chair of Date Palm Research, King Saud University brings me research opportunities on chemistry of natural products and their bioactivity against crop pests. Our group explores the chemical basis of plant defense mechanisms and semiochemical-based communication methods between pests of economic importance. Our research targets eco-friendly pest-management interventions.
You can know what I am reading, watching and listening to by visiting my blog. Travel and photography are my hobbies and you can have a look at my adventures in the gallery section. In sports, 1500, 5000 and 10000 m are my favorite athletic track events and in games I like badminton a lot. In fact, once I was so passionate about badminton that I wanted to pursue it as a professional player. But 'time' had other plans for me. I love to read (though I don't find much time for) about etymology and history of languages. I developed interest in chemical sciences during my M.Sc. days, mainly due to inspirational mentoring by Prof. S.V. Eswaran, St. Stephens College, University of Delhi (now retired but doubly active). My doctoral studies at Indian Agricultural Research Institute gave me an opportunity to pursue applied sciences and multidisciplinary research under the able and fantastic guidance of Prof. Suresh Walia. Also, internet boom and rise in open-source technologies around same period brought me another opportunity to contribute in the work of my friend and fellow PhD student Dr. Naren Kadoo, now a senior Molecular Geneticist at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, and Dr. A.P. Singh, now Head Librarian at Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India. We used minimal and outdated hardware to establish open-source software based digital information retrieval services in the National Agricultural Library, India. My four-and-a-half years stint with National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) and which continued to National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), enabled me experience agriculture and agricultural research at a national level, since both, NATP and NAIP were the biggest ever agricultural projects implemented in India under a loan scheme from the World Bank. My return to research from project management was supported by Prof. Walia and my recent research interests are offshoots of our group's prime focus to manage cryptic and devastating pest of date palm, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, popularly known as red palm weevil.