Faces of Denver – Karthish Ponnakachira!
Meet Karthish Ponnakachira, a recent Denver dweller that, only living in Denver for a year, has quickly fallen in love with Colorado. Karthish love for Colorado comes from the surprising similarities, he says, it shares with his hometown Bangalore, India. Being born and raised in Bangalore, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state which is very mountainous and has a climate resembling Colorado’s (minus the snow), he has always had a passion for outdoor activities. This being one of the reasons Colorado enticed him to move here.
After doing research on different cities around the U.S. to pursue his masters degree in Computer Science, Karthish decided to enroll at University of Colorado Denver and become a Denver inhabitant. He received his bachelors degree back home in Bangalore, but wanted to come to the U.S. to obtain more experience, and to work for a couple years in a computer science job in Denver.
Unlike a lot of citizens in the U.S., Karthish knows 5 different languages, including English. India is a country that has over 20 different languages and Karthish knows 4 of those different languages. He says that a lot of people in Colorado mistake him for Hispanic, and will approach him speaking Spanish right off the bat. Because of this, he decided he should start acquainting himself with the language and has been working on learning it.
Karthish has grown an immense love for Colorado and is very happy with his decision to move here over a year ago. He is very fond of the mountains and, even though it is his first time experiencing snow since moving here, wants to learn how to snowboard-even after people have told him that it hurts trying to learn.