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- Mar 10, 2012

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caffeinemachine here. I guess it's about time I introduce myself.

My interest in mathematics piqued when I was in high school and got introduced to Euclidean geometry as part of usual coursework. I sat for the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) and got selected for a 5-year course in mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur. IITs are a big deal in India. And there is so much hype about it that any high school student who is good in math/physics is supposed to crack the JEE exam and become an

*IITian.*

I did not find engineering interesting. And I was hungry for learning math. Somehow I got to know that one can solve the Rubik's cube using group theory. So I started reading group theory from Dummit and Foote, and it was a disaster. I had always been fascinated by calculus, which lead me to read real analysis. Back then, MHB used to be MHF, and I remember Deveno, OpAlg, Ackbach(Ackbeet) and many others answering my questions. Without MHF I wouldn't have learnt anything. By the end of my third year I had decided that I would pursue mathematics after I graduate with an engineering degree. It was a difficult decision because I was struggling so hard with almost everything I was trying to learn.

I received my mechanical engineering degree in April 2014, and wrote the entrance exam for the master of science course at the Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI). I loved the CMI experience. Made some great friends and learnt more math in one sem than what I had learnt throughout my undergrad.

In hindsight, engineering wasn't all bad. I particularly liked the kinematics-of-machines course where we were taught about mechanical linkages. Basically how simple mechanical objects fit together to give rise to cool devices. A mechanical watch would be an iconic albeit too-complicated-to-be-taught-in-a-course example. Mechanical linkages have been studied by mathematicians too, and I would one day like to understand the available mathematical literature on it. It is a great place where concepts from differential geometry, algebraic topology, algebraic geometry, convex geometry naturally come into play. I wouldn't have ever come to know about this if it weren't for my engineering background.

In 2016 I joined the PhD programme in mathematics in the School of Mathematics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Since my PhD has started I haven't been able to participate much on MHB. Some of it is due to my bad health. Another reason is that not many advanced questions in my areas of interest are posted here. I really want MHB to grow and become a powerhouse for experts in all domains of mathematics.