A little bit about me

Dear Reston

The culture of - Family comes first – makes us a lot of who we are. This sense of belonging brings out the best in us – allowing us to bond with love and respect for another, beyond blood, and create vibrant communities, regardless of our diverse backgrounds. We look out for each other within our families, and families look out for each other within a community.

I was born and raised in Mumbai in a middle class family. After I completed my bachelors in Electronics Engineering, I came to the United States for a Masters Degree in Computer Science. After graduating, I went on to take a job at IBM, which allowed me to live anywhere in the country and travel across the United States to customers.

Eleven years to this month, in Feb 2007, I was living in Florida, and on introspection wanted to find a place in the United States to start my technology company and have a place called home with plenty of outdoor activities. At that time, and since then, Reston was featured as one of the top places to live in America. I flew in here, and was captivated by what this town had to offer. After renting in Ashburn for two years, I bought my first home on Inlet Ct in May 2009.

I also went on to start my technology company. Our customers are State, Local and Federal Government. Examples of customers are Baltimore County School Board, City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Department of Mines & Energy, Dept. of Veteran Affairs, and Federal Civilian agencies.

I am grateful to this country, it has given me everything, and that makes me want to give back even more. I have already been involved in community service with Fairfax County organizations. At HART, I drove a van full of rescue animals from Fauquier County to Fairfax County for adoption events and back on Saturdays. At FACETS, I assisted parents and children affected by poverty in Fairfax County and mentored students towards well paying careers in technology. I am running for the Board because I believe I can contribute to the Reston community as well, and my positions on key issues are on the right side for the benefit of the community.

I would like to end with a prayer and community pledge I used to say in school while growing up-

Community Pledge

We stand as one family
Bound to each other with love and respect.
We serve as an army
Courageous and disciplined
Ever ready to fight against all false values, within and without us.
We live honestly
The noble life of sacrifice and service
Producing more than what we consume
And giving more than what we take.
We seek the Lord’s grace
To keep us on the path of virtue, courage and wisdom.
May Thy grace and blessings flow through us
To the world around us.
We believe that the service of our country and community
Is the service of the Lord of Lords
And devotion to the people
Is the devotion to the Supreme Self.
We know our responsibilities
Give us the ability and courage to fulfill them.