What is the best thing that I love about my work?
As a story harvester, I get to hear a lot of stories across segments, age groups, geographies and get to meet a lot of different people. This is the best thing about my work and I learn and understand more about myself and the world through these experiences.
What is my idea of happiness?
Happiness for me is for me to be at peace with myself and aligned to my larger purpose and to create value in everything I do.
What is my greatest fear?
My greatest fear is to be in a position where I feel stuck, be it work or a relationship. I am claustrophobic in more ways than one and like to leave the windows open even when the door is shut.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I tend to take up too many things and often find myself a bit overwhelmed. And I am always telling myself to focus instead of spreading myself thin.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
There are many people that I admire and the one person that comes to my mind first is Harish Bhatt who is the Brand Custodian for the TATA brand and tells the most amazing stories to keep the brand connect alive. The next person is the writer Chitra Bannerjee Divyakaruni who tells beautiful stories that so many people relate to. I admire both their ability to connect with their audiences using stories.
What is my greatest extravagance?
I must admit that I am a foodie and probably spend more money on interesting food from across the world than anything else. A close second would be books. I do not have enough place for all the books that I would like to read and/or own a copy of.
On what occasion would I lie?
I find telling the truth at the cost of hurting people is not worth my while. So I might lie to avoid hurting someone even though I understand that it is not always my call to take.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
I think like in my work or any other work, we have to market ourselves and our products. This is what I most dislike about my work.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I think I was the happiest being a part of Ideas Box which was a media company working in the space of kids. I was one of the founders and I loved working with my very talented team and producing TV shows, events and training programs for children. It gave me a chance to build my model of Emotional intelligence for children and build Storytelling Modules across sectors.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
At different points in my life I have wished I could change different things about me, but now am at peace with myself and like myself just the way I am. I am enough.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
When we shut down Ideas Box, I was already 56 years old and suddenly found myself in a space where I had to reinvent myself or retire. I decided to reinvent myself and started a career as a Corporate Trainer in the space of Business Storytelling and Story harvesting. It took a lot of hard work and help from my network, both personal and professional to get that working but I did and in August, we pulled of a big event called the Corporate Chameleon Story project with participation from over 90 organisations in India and that too during these Covid times. I think this was my biggest achievement.
Where would I most like to live?
I love Mumbai and would love to continue living here though i also love travelling.
What is my most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is the love from my family and friends and especially my relationship with my grandson who is all of 4.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I think my most marked characteristic is my ability to connect with people across age groups and spaces.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
My most inspirational place if possibly Prithvi, a creative space for the performing arts w2hich also houses a book shop and an amazing cafe.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
There are so many places but my favourite place today is Bombay Coffee House in Bandra where the ambience is friendly, the coffee is great and the food is innovative.
What books influenced my life and how?
My all time favourite books include “The Little prince”, “Mr.God, this is Anna” and “Letters to an Unborn Child”. But at different times of my life, different authors have dominated my reading, Agatha Christie, D.H. Lawrence, Anais Nin, Milan Kundera, Tagore and Chitra Bannerjee Divyakaruni to name a few.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
I would love to listen to old Hindi Film music from films like Pyaasa, ghazals by Jagjit Singh and my favourites English songs from Billy Joel and the Carpenters.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Draupadi from the Mahabharat is probably my most favourite fiction character.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Probably, my father is my biggest hero.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
A hindi movie called Pyaasa. It is a piece of art.
What role plays art in my life and work?
I love writing poetry, and it’s also my therapy and my inspiration.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?
It is the truth and i believe that while we write our own stories but the world is made up of a network of stories which interact, impact and create the larger story of humanity.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, and partner in crime?
This is probably my son who has always been had my back, supported me in a million ways and has always been my partner in crime…..whether it is in binge watching Fringe or creating my modules on Mindful storytelling. He is my sounding board, my mirror and my biggest fan and biggest critic as well.
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020?
I would love to work with Tata Trust, Give india and Gates Foundation.
Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020?
I would love to meet….
Chitra Bannerjee Divyakaruni
What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on?
I would like to complete the Corporate Chameleon story project and have a global platform with over 1000 stories by June, 2021.
Where can you see me or my work in 2020?
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I am a storyteller and will continue being a storyteller all my life, curating stories that can create positive change and building a sustainable and compassionate world for my grandson and all the children in the world.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Nandita Gandhi – Co-Founder Akshara centre
Nandita Shah –Co-Founder Akshara centre
Supriya Roy – Author –
Indrani Basu – Teacher
Anusree Bonnerjee – Dancer – Drutam
Ameesha Adatia – Educationist
Smita Gupta – Journalist
Alpa Vora – UNICEF
How can you contact me?
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