Tell us about yourself.
I am a Mechanical Engineer by Education; Growth Facilitator & Operations Specialist by Profession; Insane Workaholic, Weirdo Hustler, People's Person, Football Enthusiast, Adventure Seeker, Culture Vulture, Wanderlust & Believer of Spontaneity by Passion. I am a well-portioned blend of everyone I have encountered in my life, I had always been that go-to person for all my friends for fun, adventure, conversations, help, and sometimes inspiration and advice. In 2015, I then finally decided to be intentional about it. I started writing about my thoughts, and curious wonderings about our society. I started writing at “The Mustard Wall” with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind, also sometimes anything and everything that is interesting & exciting. We are all told to, “live life to the fullest”; I am here to do just that.
The Mustard Wall serves as a vessel to project my passions, and clue in my loyal readers as to what inspires me in this crazy world. My enthusiasm expands over a swathe of cross-functional activities and project management across technology, engineering, sports management, inclusion, sustainability & youth development. I believe that we should never confine ourselves, instead explore a new part of who we are every day. Since 2012, when I started my professional education, I always had an immense thirst for curiosity, that is how I became a member of IEEE, volunteered for football tournaments and also INK Talks, now 8 years down the lane, beyond my usual 9 - 5-day job that keeps my day busy, I manage IEEE activities across the globe, worked for FIFA, NBA & ISLand also worked for 5 editions of INK Talks. From sharing the stage with a NASA Scientist to getting featured on FIFA.com were all moments of happiness along the journey.
How do you inhabit the spaces and time that surround you in daily life?
Both space & time for me has two dimensions, one it’s needed & the other, the sense of feeling content being in there. I am an ambient high person, the space I am in and the people around me makes who I am, sometimes mild, extreme. Few things that keep me young are my indoor plants, my journals & my love for decluttering which is more of a therapy. In fact. I need all that natural light, some sunshine, breezy air, and people around me to call a space my home, and if it’s by the beach, then better
What does "Movement" mean to you and what trajectory has it embarked upon over the recent months?
Movement to me is the ability to be dynamic, both mentally & physically. More like being in a state of embracing spontaneous & sustainable changes within and around me. All of us until some point get lost in a void space fighting our own realities, movement here is that fix, to figure out who we are, how far we are, and what is it that makes us who we are. 5 years back, in a road accident, when 16 of my bones were damaged in a single shot, some broken, some smashed, I was bedridden for 6 months, beyond the fear of whether I will be able to move again, it was anxiety that crumbled my confidence. Post that trauma, I was physically very much inactive except for day to day chores & work travel. But over the last few months, when the whole world was under lockdown & all that people said was “COVID” was when a friend told me about her online Yoga classes and guess what the impulsive person I am said YES just so I can give it a try. Since then, I have fallen in love with this beautiful form of mental & physical discipline training. Fitness to me was never about the weight I lose or how I looked, it was about how strong I am and whether I can get to my 20th Floor apartment, even if the elevator isn’t working.
What gets you moving inside-out outside-in?
I am not that kind who gets high on intoxications, what I get high on are the people I meet, the places I go, the food I eat & the work I do. Very recently, the Calisthenics fanatic in me tried Yoga which to my surprise today is something I love & put my heart & soul into every time I get on the mat. Be it thoughts, emotions, or even decisions, I have always been an inside-out, outside-in person, the straight shot & clarity is all from the kind of aura I am surrounded with. I am a super restless being, mostly living on the edge & I truly enjoy and love the spontaneous movements that when put together make up my life. People & nature are two things that I never get tired of. It isn’t dreams that drives me, it’s passion & curiosity which does.
What has been your most challenging point of adaptation in your life? Did It empowers you if yes, how?
My most challenging point of adaptation was the self-realization of the fact that all of us are alone here and hence taking care of oneself is of utmost priority. Over the past 10 years, I am in a continuous journey of unlearning, more of which is, what the world calls, transition from Comfort zone to Growth Zone. This journey of unlearning has empowered the human being in me to explore beyond what I assume I can, think beyond what I dream about & look beyond who I am. Yet another challenging point of adaptation in my life was when I was recovering from my injuries, life seemed slower, it pushed me from within to be calmer and finding peace with it for years until I was sure my body is back in action was a task and today being able to embrace the happiness when I achieve my little milestones of strength & stamina goals lightens my heart and empowers me to look forward to yet another beautiful day.