Born in a Syrian Orthodox Christian family in Kottayam, Kerala, India. Studied till Grade 4 in the village school in Kottayam and was selected to join Sainik School, Amaravathi Nagar (TN) in 1971. Completed Grade 11 in 1978 and joined National Defence Academy (61 Course). Commissioned to 75 Medium Regiment (Artillery – Indian Army) in 1982.
Traveled all through India during various army assignments. Attended Long Gunnery Staff Course and Technical Staff Course. Commanded a Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment and bid good-bye to the army in 2004 to join the family in Canada and is presently a Canadian citizen, enjoying a retired life.
Interests include gardening, cooking, reading and writing.