… in the 1980s, I became the third generation of my family to be formally associated with the Indian Institute of Science. I had begun work on forest history in collaboration with the ecologist Madhav Gadgil, and had the honour of serving briefly on the faculty of the Institute’s newly established Centre for Ecological Sciences. In a year teaching at the I.I.Sc, I grew to admire the culture of disinterested scholarship that is the hallmark of the place. In two decades of further interaction, the admiration has only deepened.
A sentiment that I agree with — the longer you associate with the Institute, the more you appreciate the place — which, I guess, is the best thing you can say about a place!