Finally mustered some willingness to write a few words about myself. How would I describe myself? From my point of view, looking at myself in the mirror, I see an optimist to the core. No matter what the situation is, I would always say there is a way. Sometimes, I am way too optimistic, but then I simply do not have any space for negativity or negative people in my life. That’s me. The mirror also throws light on another important trait – a zest for life. I cannot be the mundane person whose entire life is dedicated to the norms created by society and trapped in a vicious cycle. Being a strong believer that every life has a meaning and a calling, I have this unabated thirst to live life to the fullest. Having said that, I do love the daily tasks but I simply believe life has more meaning to it than just that. I have always tried to do what I love and step away from the daily routine every once in a while. That should pretty much describe most of me – Optimist and Live life to the fullest.
But then are probably are a billion people in the world who can say the same thing about themselves. It is the finer nuances in character that do set us apart. Make each an ‘individual’. Time to delve a little more deeper than what the mirror can show.
I was born and brought up in the small beach city of Vizag in South India. Had the most wonderful parents anyone could ask for. They taught me everything I am today – To be successful, to face failures and hardships and come out of them in one piece, to be responsible and also to enjoy every moment in life. I was blessed with a normal childhood – had my share of sibling fights, midnight cramming for exams, summer holidays eating mangoes and reading novels, not having everything I wished for but having exactly what I needed, wonderful friends and great times. The only regret from my childhood days was that my parents never bought me a cycle, no matter how many stories I cooked up! What a trivial blemish on an otherwise wonderful and responsible childhood! Thanks Dad and Mom!
And then came college life. The best time of my life. Did my undergrad from GITAM, also in Vizag. What an amazing time it was! 8 of us best friends would eat together, read together, hang out together, plan our future together and go out on trips together. That’s what I would simply call the “ZEN” part of my life!
And then came the biggest change of all. All my life I had wanted to do my masters in US, get an MBA in investment banking from NYU and live and work in New York City. I pretty much stuck to my plan, did my masters from Texas tech, consulted for a few years all over US, before ending up in Lehman Brothers. I was even all set to do the MBA at NYU. Life had thrown challenges at me during that period of my life, living alone in US and I was able to come out of them all, successful and stronger and wiser. Living alone does bring out the true grit. I must mention that I faced hardship at almost every corner of my life during my life in US, sometimes not even having enough money to pay the rent. I must thank my mentor, Gynecologist and good samaritan, Dr. Mahendra Patel, for taking me under his wing and providing me with a part time job to be able to pay off unexpected payments I had to pay up as a student.
And then the biggest setback of all – The downfall of Lehman Brothers. I had to live through the nightmare, see my dreams collapse in front of my eyes. So I postponed my MBA for a few years, got another decent job in NYC and then got married.
Ah! Thats my biography right there. Anyways, plodding on into further nuances – Let’s talk a bit about my life’s calling. At 5, I wondered if I could have enough money to buy myself lots of chocolates. At 10, I wanted to be the best cricketer in town. At 13, I wanted to be Nancy Drew. At 17, I wanted to be an engineer. But by 19, I had pretty much set my life’s goal – career in US, travel the world and do social work. I do not exactly fit into an “subdued indian girl” stereo type. That does not make me a wild child either. I express my emotions. I react to unfair propaganda and I have my silence when most needed.
What do I love the most? To Laugh! I used to laugh and smile in every kind of incident, until recently. I guess I have officially become a boring grown up now. But I do miss the laughter, the fun and all the silly smiling. I want to be able to do that effortlessly one day again.
I love to try different cuisines and consider myself a major foodie. I love to travel and also go running or road biking. I also indulged in a little bit of Muay Thai and I hope to be able to pursue it with passion sometime again in future.
The biggest change in my life happened when Varsha came into this world. She was born on May31, 2010. Life changed forever! The joys of bringing up a kid and the hardships of being a working mother without too much support, does take its toll, but end of the day, the hard work is all worth it! Even mundane daily tasks like giving the baby a bath, feeding her, playing and reading with her and putting her to sleep are intensely satisfying.