What do you work on?
I am studying the physics of solar atmosphere and in particular solar eruptions, called coronal mass ejections (CMEs).
I feel lucky that I am working on Solar Physics in an era which is considered as the Golden time to study the Sun., since many solar spacecraft are in space already (SoHO, TRACE, RHESSI, Hinode and Stereo) and another one (solar Dynamics Observatory) is going to be launched soon.
Here I am wearing the "Hinode Hat" in Japan.
The Sun has been very calm and quiet, but now in 2012 it is becoming more active and dynamic. The Sun has an eleven year cycle of activity, and is just waking up!
With some friends in Japan
I have been using observations from SOHO, Hinode and STEREO. Working with Hinode, I have travelled to Japan several time. It was great to see how people were driving Hinode in
space and trying to make the spacecraft look at some particular features on the Sun. I loved being in Japan where I learnt that fish can also be eaten raw and it can be yummy…
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Being an Indian where everyone plays cricket, I used to play cricket a lot. But when I went to Germany, there were no opportunities for cricket…but I still did not give up…I tried to show my friends in Germany that cricket can be really interesting… and I made then play what we then called German Cricket.
Here I am playing ‘German cricket’
Apart from cricket, I love playing chess, but I like to play it with people whom I can beat. I know, I am mean when it comes to chess.
I also like hiking and love sunny places.
Doing solar physics I got a chance to visit Boulder (Colorado, USA) for a couple of months. Boulder is like a heaven for people who love hiking during the summer.
Ah yes, I cannot forget to mention this: I LOVE WATCHING Bollywood movies. I can watch several (each of 3 hrs) one after the other!