I was born and raised in South India in a Roman Catholic family. In high school, I began playing bass guitar and eventually plunged into a lifestyle of rebellion in India’s rock music sub-culture. I was by nature a child of wrath, indulging the desires of the flesh and mind, and I wasted my days in wild living, but with a feeling of emptiness and brokenness constantly growing within me.
I excelled academically and went to college to study electronics engineering at an Islamic institution, while also playing bass guitar for ‘Moksha,’ one of India’s premier rock bands. My Muslim friends began to challenge me in ways that raised worldview questions in my mind. I considered becoming a Muslim as a way out from my wild and broken life. I also renounced Catholicism, having grown disillusioned with its rituals that never brought me any closer to God.
In this exceedingly dark phase of my life in 2004, by the gracious providence of God, I began attending a Bible-believing evangelical church through the invitation of a friend. Here, I experienced love and kindness like never before. As I heard the Bible preached, I found myself challenged and convicted. I started reading the Bible voraciously, investigating this book to see if it really was the truth. But soon I realized that it was the Bible that was investigating me, exposing the sin of my heart, and revealing to me the glory of Christ. I became convinced that this book was the true Word of God. I began attending a Bible study and I heard and understood the gospel for the first time in a Bible study on Ephesians 2:1-10. I was 21 years old and had never heard before why Jesus came and died. Within the next month, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and convicted me of sin, and I repented and trusted in Christ for salvation. My life was radically transformed. In Christ, I began experiencing grace, joy, and increasing freedom from sin. I was baptized in April 2005 as a sign of my union with Jesus Christ and his people.