Mahendra was born in Goa, India during the time of the Portuguese colonialism. His family was close-knit and always focused on work hard, study hard, and education. He attended college in India, and then went to the University of Maine for his graduate work in Engineering and Computer Science. He arrived here in August of 1982. In 1986 he went back to India to visit, and while there, his marriage to Shama was arranged. They returned to the United States together. Mahendra has worked at GM for 30 years and holds 3 patents. He and Shama have two grown children. Mahendra is actively engaged in Indian Community activities, and is serving on the board of trustees for Bharatiya Temple.