[ This blog tries to summarize my research journey from childhood to now. Some of this is covered in a talk I gave at IIASA, Vienna – https://youtu.be/327A01oYqdo ] As a child, I was very quiet but observant. I would be watching my elder brother, Vijoy Prakash Jee, being taught and learn silently. I would not speak much or write much but would read. However I would not be serious just before exams but take it easy by reading magazines etc. In 1970, at age of 10, I topped the prestigious Netarhat School Entrance Exam in the State of Bihar.