My mother is an iconic figure in my life and a source of inspiration. However, this book wouldn't have been possible without the support and understanding of my wife, Shweta Sharma. As I toiled to meet the deadlines on this project, she didn't raise a brow to the pressures we were going through in our personal lives during this time. It was her uncompromising love, affection, and care that kept me dedicated to the effort that was put into writing this book.
Also, I can't help but acknowledge the contribution that Microsoft has had to my professional and personal lives. I'm extremely emotional about the support I have received from Microsoft during the tougher times. Being able to work with this company has been one of my greatest pleasures.
Lastly, I want to thank my friends; my brothers Varun Kartik, Vipul Kartik, and Ashish R. Mohan; and the small town of Tuljapur. You continue to have a deep influence on my perception of life and this world.