I'm a technologist, bibliophile, and activist from Berkeley, CA.

Tech: From 1997-2009, I ran BookFinder.com, the best resource (online or off) for finding used, rare, and out-of-print books. It was recommended everywhere from the Library of Congress to Entertainment Weekly. I eventually sold my company to AbeBooks / Amazon.com. Now I'm at UCSF's Clinical & Translational Science Institute, working on research networking, open source, and open data projects.

Climate: I spent 2009-2010 traveling around the world without flying, interviewing 60+ climate activists/researchers across 3 continents as part of my Year of No Flying challenge. In 2011, I helped organize a national speaking tour on aviation and the environment, and now tweet about aviation and climate justice. I also work with Brown and Green: South Asian Americans for Climate Justice.

Community: Closer to home, I help curate the monthly Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour (celebrating 100+ years of immigrant heritage), build youth leadership with Bay Area Solidarity Summer, and support community resilience with the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action.

Index of projects

Open Source
  • Plumage (biomedical resource discovery web interface)
  • Business::LCCN (Perl module for Library of Congress Control Numbers)
  • HTML::ExtractMain (Perl module to extract main content of a web page)
Climate/Travel/Transportation
Photography/Design
South Asian American
Bengali
Blogs