It's nice to see such candid responses.
To answer Partha's question –
I had wanted to be many things. To begin with, I had wanted to be Diana, the wife of Phantom, the Ghost who walks. I had wanted to be a doctor but was never inclined towards studying Biology. There was a phase when I had wanted to become a nun. My grandfather had me interested in poultry farming and I had looked at it as something that I wanted to do. I was into sports and also on the gymnastics team at school – this was the time when Nadia Comaneci scored the perfect 10. You guessed it; I wanted to be a famous gymnast, like her.
An offer to model came my way when I was 17 – I had thick knee-length hair and received an offer from a college mate's family who manufactured a brand of shampoo, called Naturelle. So, for a time I wanted to be a model.
Though on a serious note, I did want to become an IAS officer, circumstances changed the path my life took.
But, yes, at the end of the day, there are no regrets. As time passed by I realised that I wanted to be successful in whatever I did. And my journey so far has been quite a success. I managed to leave a mark, in whichever field I entered. So, yes, life's been good, there is a sense of fulfilment. And I have The Almighty to thank.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino