Born on 4 April 1960 she joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982 after obtaining a Masters in Psychology from Bhopal University. She is married to A.R. Ghanashyam, who also joined the Indian Foreign Service the same year and is presently posted as High Commissioner of India to Nigeria. She has two grown up sons.
Before taking up her present assignment as High Commissioner of India to South Africa, she was serving as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi heading the Europe West Division. She has earlier served as High Commissioner of India in Ghana with concurrent accreditation to Burkina Faso, Togo and Sierra Leone, from March, 2008 to October, 2011. Earlier she served as Minister in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York from May, 2004 to March 2008. She served as Director for Pakistan at Headquarters in Delhi from August, 2000 to March, 2004 having earlier served as Counsellor