I read, watch, think, and write.
For me, there are few empowering moments as reading. My one regret is that I discovered reading a little late in my life – when I was twenty. I often find myself reading across contemporary fiction, pop philosophy, travel writing, history, management, personal development, and anything that interests me. I don’t miss book fairs and I finally experienced a grand literature festival this year at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2019.
Favorite books: In Search of Civilization by John Armstrong, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell, Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama, From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple, Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
Films educate me, extend my experience, and are therapeutic. I have a particular inclination towards World Cinema: watched films of 36 different countries. I’ve made multiple solo visits to the International Films Festivals in my city.
Favorite films: The Man from the Earth, Thirteen Days, The Sound of Music, A Separation, Before Trilogy, and many many more.
My devotion to films even inspired a couple of projects. In one, I drew management consulting lessons from a Japanese film Tampopo. In another, my friend and I developed a case based negotiation simulation exercise based on the Thirteen Days (the film on the Cuban Missile Crisis.)
I began to write as a natural extension of my reading. I’m not ashamed to confess that most times whatever I write is only a synthesis of what I may have read. I began by keeping a private journal of daily entries and thoughts. Overtime, writing has expanded to play the following roles for me: as an exercise in mindfulness, to capture beautiful experiences, to reflect, and to share my thoughts.
My favorite pieces are the ones I wrote on my experience at a mosque during Ramzan and a reflection on moving homes. I gained confidence in writing when I kept a daily public blog during my b-school for over a hundred continuous days. I do a lot of micro-blogs on my Instagram. I’m long working on my first book – converting my b-school blog in a book. God willing!