Manish is a retired army officer. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving for more than 20 years in uniform. Most of his military service was in J&K. In 1995, he volunteered to serve in Siachen Glacier. Apart from the glacier, he has also seen action against Pakistan in Uri, Akhnoor and Gurez sectors. During the Kargil war he was deployed in Baramulla. He has also seen action against the Chinese in Ladakh Scouts. Apart from J&K, he has also served in Rajasthan, Punjab and has had a stint in Army Headquarters as well. He retired from the army in Jan 2012. An alumuni of IIM Ahemdabad, he helped establish a stock trading company F6 Finserve in Gurgaon. He quit the company in Jun 2016 to write 'Oh My Gods' on the JNU episode. An avid reader and a fitness enthusiast, he currently lives in Gurgaon with his wife and two daughters.