In an age where the CAT score defines the success of an individual, many lost touch with their inner selves. While many didn't.
This series is going to be an effort to explore what made certain people stay in touch with their true selves by sticking to their passions or hobbies.
We hope it inspires other MBA's to revive their long gone passion and manifest in a form of a hobby.
The first one we touched base with is Gotety Shrinivas Sudhir from SIES College Of Management Studies.
What is the Hobby that you pursue?
I am into wildlife and nature photography. Am still in the semi-professional stage but hope to reach a level one day (and hopefully, soon) where I can become a full time professional.
From how long have you been pursuing it?
For the past 6 years. Most of it as just an experiment. But got into serious photography a couple of years back.
How much time in a week are you able to devote to it ?
Around 5-6 hours clicking and another 5-6 for the post processing and uploading. Who counts really. The more time I spend with it, the better.
How do you manage to maintain a balance between the MBA course and your hobby?
I have my weekends off which I spend wholly pursuing my hobby. All assignments and submissions can wait till Monday.
Does pursuing the hobby in fact help you perform better in academics?
It sure does! It gives me a release from the routine and the hustling confusion of a management course. Gets my head straight and freshens me up for another week of grueling lectures and presentations. Without photography am sure I’d go nuts with the course in no time.
Would you let go of the hobby if you start to face a time crunch?
Never. You never really need to ‘take time out’ to do something that you really love. A person who loves reading would read in his cell phone crammed into a corner of the crowded morning local trains. Its all about passion. Once the concept of ‘devoting time’ to it comes up, it just remains a hobby. Not a passion.
What would you like to say to those who have let go of their passion plainly to focus on academics?
Just one sentence. You are missing out on a big part of your lives.
I mean, think of it. You find an engineer or a manager at every street corner these days. All leading dull, uninteresting robotic lives. Do you find good singers, dancers, authors and even photographers for that matter as easily? It is a talent that must be nourished. Not suffocated due to reasons like academics.