"It's time to stop fiddling with the data and move on!" I've heard a version of this statement many times over the years.
I'm very glad I kept fiddling.
At MIT, I was fixated on data while pursuing my undergraduate and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Not just the data that helped me to excel academically; but I also spent long nights trying to predict matters like next month's temperature difference between Cambridge, MA and my native UAE.
Although the context naturally changed over time, my obsession with data continued. I moved to London, where I received a Ph.D.in Management from Imperial College. Later, I joined the College as an Assistant Professor of Data Science and Innovation. Like most academics, I wore many hats. At times, I was a [data] cleaner. At other times, I was a [data] wrangler or a [data] tailor; stitching together data from different sources. I like all the hats I wear but must admit that I do have a favourite, my [data] analyst hat.
Growing up, I always liked snakes and bugs.
The natural path for me, therefore, was to either become a zoologist or a python programmer.
Alas it was my fondness of algorithms and numbers that swayed my decision;
and I received my undergraduate and master's degrees in Computer Science from the University of Delhi.
When I'm not coding or visualizing data, you may find me reading books from diverse genres.