Like most people, I was always fascinated by the sky and stars until an internal revelation led me to question if I knew enough about the Earth. This led my quest to find out more and more about Earth and its processes. On this path, I tried to understand how water - the elixir of life, on this planet, cycles through oceans, atmosphere and rocks and I am still doing the same. I use geochemical methods to understand climatic changes across Asia and Africa over the past hundreds of thousands of years. I also use geoinformatics as a tool for contemporary environmental monitoring and assessment. I learn each day and am a student for life.