@Adip, Bhanuj & Rest: Thanks folks! Of course, its not all traveling, snorkeling and spelunking - most of the time its intensive lab work - but that's the part where the science keeps me interested.
Dude, that's fascinating stuff. How'd you make the jump from Chem. Engg. to Paleoclimatology though?
Barring the actual 'interest in the field' aspect, if you see Kaustubh's grades, it becomes easy to deduce that jumping to any field would begin with the institution sending him a chauffeured car to pick him up from the airport.
My grades were pretty fucked up in engg. It was the projects I had which backed me up well.
I hate all these Tamil brahmin assholes with their exceptional academic grades and fantastic professional achievements. Hate them. Him, Sriram, Ravenus, et al.