Ram is scientist by training. Towards the end of graduate school, he got interested in Bird watching, since the word “birding” was in not vogue at that time. He was initially interested in observing bird behaviors, varied vocalizations of the Greater Racket–tailed drongo, and migrating birds such as the Bar-headed geese. Ram continued his passion after moving to the US in 1980. Birding became a part of his active life from 2013. Serving as an ex-pat in India created an opportunity to observe birds in various habitats, and this began a more serious journey towards learning Ornithology. Ram joined the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) board seven years ago. Over the years he has had the opportunity to meet leading experts in Ornithology, and field practitioners. His journey has taken him through a number of courses in Ornithology form Cornell Labs, Bombay Natural History Society (India), and National program on Technology Enhanced Learning (India). Ram, and his wife Sudha have travelled to a number of countries to experience both culture, and birds, sharing a life list of over 1900 birds.
Ram plans to continue his passion to birds by advocating for young birders in US, and India, and work with researchers at BSBO focused on analytics pertaining to avian data.