SAN FRANCISCO,CA - India’s Consul General in San Francisco, N. Parthasarathi, who served for three years, is retiring and heading back to India. Ashok Venkatesan, currently India’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, will serve as the next Indian Consul General in San Francisco and is expected to assume the post on Nov. 13. Parthasarathi, a 34-year veteran of the Indian Foreign Service, is looking forward to retired life.
He and wife Geetha will make Bangalore their home on their return as this is where both their families live. Parthasarathi, a native of Mysore, is looking forward to giving back to the community and volunteering with NGOs that work to support the education of children and those which are helping to grow solar energy in India. Parthasarathi an engineer by profession, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981 and has served as a diplomat in countries throughout the world. He served at posts in Pakistan, Senegal and South Korea before coming to San Francisco in late 2011. While serving as India’s ambassador to Senegal, Parthasarathi simultaneously functioned as ambassador to Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde islands, as well as high commissioner of India to the Republic of The Gambia. He has also authored two books. Parthasarathi feels his biggest challenge during his three-year stint in the US has been the management of various outsourcing companies who now handle Indian visa applications and other travel documents.