Shankar has been teaching in schools in India since 1992 and has created a unique reading program for children called Spells, which takes a holistic approach to reading and learning. It involves parents, and addresses the emotional as well the cognitive element of learning to read. Shankar’s method involves parents and encourages children to learn to read at early ages so that they can then go on to read to learn at higher grade levels. He is currently working with Imagic Foundation to use his unique method to encourage and foster reading and language learning skills in primary schools that serve children and families from low-income urban slums in Mumbai.
Shankar is also an avid cyclist and has cycled in different parts of India.