13: Sips toddy; wakes up
14: Rides a 50 cc motorcycle
15: Plays Shylock in Merchant of Venice; girls love the villain
16: Self-drives car, crashes it. Forgets to turn the steering back. Idiot.
17: Changes school 9 times
18: Fails miserably; STEM is not for me
20-23: Shuts myself in a dingy cellar. Studies literature; reads a lot.
23: Monsoon-soaked newsprint lures; Tops University with a master’s in print journalism
23-24: Learns the art of writing crisp copy. Publishes first article in The Sunday Observer.
24: Gets first newspaper job at The Patriot, New Delhi
24-26: Leads a stray life. Eats kebabs, aimlessly walks the streets of old Delhi
26: Runs away from The Asian Age, Akbar’s start up and my first toxic workplace
27: Comes to terms with the past, marriage is arranged.
27: Becomes jobless a week after marriage. Newspaper is sold to sell cement
28: Knocks on countless doors for a job in New Delhi’s hottest summer. Learns empathy.
28: Leaves India for Doha, first plane ride.
29-32: Practices journalism in a world of self-censorship. Gets nice new job but sheikh won’t transfer my visa.
32: Leaves for the US; earns a scholarship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Arizona State University
33: Gets another master’s; meets Walter Cronkite.
33-today: Settles in the US