You journeyed across India for six months to put this book together. Any impressive geeks/scientists you met?
My favourite interviewee was Sujatha Narayanan, a tuberculosis researcher in Chennai.
A few years ago, when she didn't have enough healthy volunteers for her work, she started running tests on herself.
One day, she found some TB bacteria on a tube that had been in her throat, which meant she may have accidentally infected herself. She was forced to take a gruelling treatment of TB drugs, which she believes triggered diabetes in her.
I was inspired by Sujatha because she put her life on the line for her work, yet it hasn't diminished her passion or commitment to science.
India's Information Technology sector has been our biggest success story in recent times. What were the impressions you gained of it from your meetings with the likes of Narayana Murthy and the people at TCS?
Yes, Indian IT is on a high thanks to the work of people like Narayana Murthy (seen here) who have built wonderful businesses from outsourcing.
But for me at least, their work hasn't been particularly innovative in the scientific sense.
The entire industry is showing more commitment to originality and basic research, but having met young entrepreneurs in cities like Bengaluru, I suspect that the really exciting IT innovations in the future may come from the smaller start-ups rather than the big powerhouses.