Technical Sourcer, Facebook
1. If you could write a brief note to your 13 year old self, what advice would you impart in it?
Continue to help people without any expectations. Continue to learn at least one new thing everyday. Always lookout for the early wrong signals before committing to something/someone
2. What seemed like an inconsequential decision at the time, but in hindsight
turned out to fundamentally reshape your life?
I was about 10 or 11 when our family almost saw financial bankruptcy due to a few bad decisions. Even at that age I completely understood what was happening and at that time I made a decision to limit my expenditures. I decided I will only buy what I need and not what I want. I’m happy I took that decision. It’s a habit for me now – zero debt, investments which have grown folds and I now have emergency fund which can help me sustain for a longer period of time
3. What habit or behaviour or belief have you recently acquired? Why is it now in your life?
Now I try to speak the truth almost all the time. I started following this because when you speak the truth you don’t have to remember them or worry about them unlike when speaking lies. Sometimes this gets me in trouble but so far I’m able to manage it and I don’t intend to change this
4. When was the last time you changed your mind about something really important? What was it and what led you to change your view?
A few years back I saw this random tweet on my timeline which said and I’m paraphrasing here – “There is a difference between presenting an understanding and presenting an opinion about something to others”
This sort of stayed with me and since then I have mostly tried to present my understanding on things rather than my opinion because understanding can be corrected but opinions might not (most of the time). This change is to acknowledge that I can’t have an opinion on something I haven’t faced directly
5. If you wrote a ‘user manual’ for how people should interact with you, what would be the top three things they should know?
I’m a sucker for intelligent conversations – science, technology, investing, politics, fashion, hiring or any other topic and I’m interested. But I’m also an introvert (ironic that I chose a profession where I have to talk to people for a living). So I will take sometime before I’m comfortable. Always give respect and take respect
6. What’s one misconception people generally have about you?
That I’m a very serious person, I don’t talk much and when I do talk it’s mostly work related. But in reality, people who actually know me would tell you that I talk a lot and can hold the conversation for a long time
7. On what topic would you never make a joke?
Race, Gender, Politics, Religion. But any topic that might hurt someone whether intentional or not.
8. In the last few days, what news has given you most cause for alarm? In the last few days, what news has given you most cause for celebration?
Cause of alarm – the increasing covid cases in my country, India and now in Ireland. Cause of celebration – the number of promising vaccines that are going through human trials
9. What is the best purchase you’ve made recently? Why?
I have relocated to Dublin recently. I had to purchase a lot of things for this. The best out of them so far would the American Tourister suitcases and the Rayban aviator shades (although summer is coming to an end now)
10. Cheese or Chocolate?
Definitely Chocolate. Dark. A few of my favourites are Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Chocolate and Amul 99% Cacao Chocolate. But I’m open to trying other variants.
11. If you were to own a bar, and you could design it how you wanted, what would it look like?
It would have a precision cocktail dispensing robot to make tasty drinks quickly and repeatedly without the mess. There would also be live music, themed nights etc. Fun fact – this was my business proposal for one of the course during my MBA 😛
12. If you were to survive the zombie apocalypse, what role would you play in the new society that would follow?
I love teaching so would take up the role of someone who documents and shares knowledge to the survivors. Especially crucial information – both past and the present
13. What's a skill that isn’t on your resume, but your former bosses would recognize as one of the reasons you are successful?
Having a curious mind and ability to gather information before starting the work. Also asking a lot of questions. I have always believed that no question is a stupid question 😛
14. What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given?
“It isn’t sufficient to finish the assigned work. It needs to be marketed as well”