It is 2013. Senthil Kumar Balu was in Perth on a short stint as a visiting academic at Curtin University’s stem cell research centre. The door opens as Senthil Kumar Balu walks into his friend’s house with a chocolate cake. This was the first time he had ever used an oven or even attempted baking. He placed his contribution on a table amidst the other food that the guests had made for the potluck dinner.
Everyone gathered around with disposable plates and cutlery. Amidst the chatter and the chewing, Senthil noticed a hand go for his cake. He held his breath as his eyes grew wide from nervous anticipation. “This cake is delicious!” exclaimed the guest. Senthil instantly let out a sigh of relief as everyone began reaching out for the delectable dessert.