Arnab Bhattacharya

Associate Professor,
Computer Science and Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

I am an Indian, to be specific a Bangali (yes বাঙালি, and not Bengali as commonly known due to British mis-pronunciation).
My hometown is in Kolkata (কলকাতা) which is the capital of West Bengal (পশ্চিম বঙ্গ), a state in India (ভারতবর্ষ).

I did my early schooling in Kolkata, and I still remember the fun of getting a "rainy day" when it rained heavily.
I passed my board exams from the residential school and college of Ramakrishna Mission in Narendrapur. Hostel life was fine, although it was tough mentally.
Probably the best time of my life was then spent at Jadavpur University where I was without fear, without a care, without inhibitions. It was a phase when I started learning what life is about. I still don't know, however, how I completed my Bachelor studies.
A taste of corporate life (not very good, in my opinion) awaited me in Bengalooru after that.
I next moved to Santa Barbara, USA for higher studies where I learnt many things about life and friendship. The utility of plain chatting and not making sense made sense. The friends' circle there still seems too surreal.
And finally, now, I am a faculty member at Kanpur trying to balance work, family and personal life.

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