Moi in a nutshell. I was born in Taliparamba, Kerala, India and my ancestral family home (Tharavādu) is situated in Edakkad (en route Kannur). I was reared and educated in a wide variety of places in India including Cochin, Kodaikanal, Madras, Mangalore, Mysore and Bangalore. I was initiated into molecular research at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR/NCBS) and later Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and subsequently relocated to Germany (University of Düsseldorf) for my PhD in cancer biology. After completion of my doctorate, I settled in Europe as a research scientist.