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While in school Dr Abhay enjoyed rearing fish and photography as his prime hobbies, which enabled him to set up a small business, giving him the leverage of having enviable amounts of money in his pocket at his disposal for trying out newer ideas.
He was always influenced by his grandmother, who single-handedly managed the family-owned agriculture venture in a unique and sustainable manner.
His doctoral research was influenced by Dr R A Mashelkar who emphasized that scientists should be able to convert their knowledge in to material wealth.
During that time, Dr Abhay zeroed in on jumping into entrepreneurship and seriously started reading journals on R&D policy and management.