At 18, Alter left for the US for higher education and studied at Yale for a year. However, he did not like the rigor of the studies at Yale and returned after a year. At the age of 19, Alter obtained work as a teacher at Jagadhri, in Haryana. He worked there for few months, simultaneously coaching his students in cricket. Over the next two and a half years, Alter worked several jobs, teaching for a while at a School at Mussoorie and working at a hospital in America, and returning to India and continuing to work at Jagadhri.