This week we are joined by a dedicated Category Supervisor, Platinum Contributor and 3rd place winner in the AnswerThon event that happened way back in April 2009 – AnandVijayakumar. Anand tells us that he started supervising the Banking category at the recommendation of Ken (KSMail) and after that picked up some other categories including Investment Banking, Indian Premier League, some computer programming related stuff and also some categories related to his native state in India – Tamil Nadu. Please take a few minutes to learn more about fellow wiki fanatic, AnandVijayakumar.
What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?
AnandVijayakumar – This is my user name. This is just my full name – first and last name put together.
Would you care to tell us about your family?
There are four members in my family – a dad who is retired and a mom who is a home maker. I have a brother who is a body builder.
Do you have any pets?
Yes I do. I have a Great Dane named Shadow. He is 10 months old.
Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?
I was born and brought up in a city called Chennai which is the capital of the state Tamil Nadu in southern India. I’ve lived there for all my 26 years. It’s a beautiful place with a lot of industries as well as residential areas. It is one of four metropolitan cities in India
Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?
I grew up in Chennai, the place I was born. All my life I have lived in the same locality surrounded by friends and relatives. The days I spent in school and college are the most memorable and carefree days of my life.
What educational information would you like to share?
I did my schooling in Chennai and did my bachelors degree in a place called Tanjore in Tamil Nadu. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Information Technology.
What are some of your past or present occupations?
I am a software engineer by profession and am currently working for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, a software consultancy firm based out of India. I am currently on an onshore assignment with Bank of America in New Jersey (since July 09).
What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?
I have specific interest in banking, stock markets and other areas related to Investment banking. Also I have interest in programming languages like Java, because that’s my area of expertise. I learned the technical and business skills required for my job as well as on my areas of interest on the job and self-study.
Do you have any collections or hobbies?
I play Cricket. Cricket was one of my favorite pastimes when I was in college. I love cars and dogs.
What do you like to do for recreation?
I prefer to just eat and sleep, listening to some nice soothing music.
Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?
I used to sing when I was in school and college, and represented my college in all India university cultural events.
What accomplishments are you proud of?
I am proud of my job as well as my family and especially my brother who has won titles in body building competitions. He aspires to compete in Mr. Olympia, for which I intend on extending as much help and support that he would need.
What are your special goals or dreams?
My dream is to one day own an organization of my own, employ at least a 1,000 people or more and have my company listed in the NY Stock Exchange.
How would you describe yourself or personality?
I am a friendly, straight forward and outgoing kind of person. I can make friends easily and get along with everyone.
What brought you to Answers.com?
I was just randomly searching for some stuff when I stumbled across the website. I liked the way questions were being asked and answered and thought, why not share the little knowledge I have and help out people in need.
What kept you coming back to Answers.com?
I liked the environment and support given by Senior Mentors and Supers like Ksmail and Brave3.
What is your favorite Answers.com activity?
My favorite activity is identifying people who want to cause damage and disturb the peace and quiet on the website.
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