Photo credit: Arati Rao
An alumnus of KRVIA, Bombay, I'm currently based in Bangalore. After almost a decade working as an architect for various firms in Bombay and Bangalore, the dreaded question nagged - What did I *really* want to do? I quit my job and spent a year indulging in my passions - travelling, writing and honing my photography skills. A nature enthusiast, I also learnt more about wildlife and spent considerable time in forests. All throughout, I pondered that elusive answer.
Many contemplative months later, the answer scared me, because it meant giving up a conventional job, and that reassuring, monthly pay-cheque. It also meant that the answer to "What do you do?" became much longer than a single word. Work hours too became longer. But, to be fair, I have never been short of either job satisfaction or fun, since.
I had fun designing my business card. And more fun spending sleepless nights, with music and tea, designing my website. I don't have a name for my firm. I don't have an office space - some days, it is the college I teach at; other days, a construction site. Yet another day, it may be a photo-shoot location. Some lucky days, even forests or holiday destinations. Disparate as it may seem to most, to me, work has never made more sense than now.
....and the short of it
2012 onwards, I've been working independently, taking up projects in Architecture and Interiors. My love for architecture and photography resulted in a happy marriage - Architectural photography. I enjoy writing about my travels and have been published in Outlook traveller, JetWings and Deccan Herald. I co-edit content for JLR Explore, a website about nature and wildlife. I also teach Architecture and Interior Design at colleges in Bangalore.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain