Who is Ananyah?

I was born Michelle on April Fools Day in 1982 but ended up getting called Chelle, Mish or Mesho by friends. When I was a small kid, I always got mistaken for a boy as my mom had a habit of forcing me to have boy cut hair not to mention favouring Action Men over Barbies. I loved nothing better than riding my little BMX bike which subsequently meant that the Accident & Emergency Department in the local hospital knew me by name. Thankfully I’m now a fully fledged girl… minus the addiction to all things pink & fluffy.

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland but when I was a kid, we left the UK. I was then raised in Singapore & Kuwait which then resulted in me having no clue where to call “home”. I have a messed up accent, no one normally knows where I’m from when they talk to me & am always asked if I’m Canadian or American. It’s a conversation starter to say the least! I don’t think my accent will ever change!

I love everything to do with Computers & Technology. When I was a little kid, my dad got me into it by giving me his old Amstrad computer to play with in the early 1990’s. I learnt DOS Commands & was addicted to playing Nick Faldo’s Golf Game which was on those huge 5 1/4″ Floppy Disks. I also pretended to work in a bank, creating little Deposit & Withdrawal slips so that my dad could then come into my little bank & deposit money. Unluckily for him, I was smart & after he deposited his money, I would close the bank then pocket the money so he couldn’t withdraw it. He soon realised my game & the bank closed down forever.

I took that childhood love of computers, went to University in Aberdeen to study BSc (Hons) in Computer Science & Business with E-Commerce and later went to graduate school in Glasgow to do my Masters in Information Management. During those years & a student internship later, I knew that working with computers was what I wanted to do with my life.

So here I am, after undergrad, graduate school and a few jobs, working for a huge worldwide IT Company. After working in IT Support for over 5 years, I left my job as a Desktop Infrastructure Systems Administrator in 2013 and moved my career in a completely different direction. I now work as an Infrastructure Test Analyst and love learning new things every day. Working in IT is a never ending learning curve, one that I enjoy immensely. I don’t think I could ever give up my love of computers.

It’s also no secret that I love cooking. If I wasn’t in the IT Industry, my life would revolve around food.  I have an obsession with food photography, whenever I cook or am out for something to eat, the first thing I do is take photos. It annoys everyone who is with me, but a photo tells a story. A very inviting story. I think this is why I love cookery books, I browse the photos and if a dish looks good, I make it. I also write about food, I love visiting new restaurants, reviewing them & finding a new favourite. My belly hates that. But it’s a price I’m willing to pay!

So there you have it, a little insight into me and my life. I can be interesting, sometimes.