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How did I get creative?

As a child I was really bad at drawings and SUPW in school but I always being remember very interested in stories. Be it school books, grandma’s stories, tv series, mythologies,etc.

Since my dad being a doctor wanted me to be good at biology, he got me interested in art classes so my human figures drawing can be improved 🙂

That helped as it got my basics, sense of colors right. That got me the confidence to make bigger drawings, sketches, cards, etc. which I still cherish to make as time permits.

Later during the same time I got introduced to theater..this gave me amazing confidence and ability to express myself..also it helped me understand human emotions better..

During the latter half of the school in Ahmedabad, I don’t really remember indulging in something highly creative apart from occasional sketching, drawing, etc. During Nirma days, what got the creative side of me was organizing events, getting involved into an NGO 🙂 (for the past few years, social service has been the most satisfying thought and experience)!

During XL, making presentations, projects, presenting myself interestingly enough, executing interesting discussions, meeting interesting people, understanding the creative sides more by exploring various kinds of music, movies, sitcoms, personalities, etc. It was highly satisfying to see different levels, different kinds, different intensities of creativity being expressed by all the various mediums.

However after coming in work life, what gave maximum air to my creativity was of course photography. Apart from that – learning salsa, jive, samba, rumba, cha cha has given alot of enthusiasm to my inner expression of creativity.

Joining TFI as a volunteer, travelling to various places, observing people around have all been great amount of learning for my creative capacity! And I have truly and honestly enjoyed it…

And what’s special about it is the fact that I don’t need to prove the impact of the same! Its there for me to feel and smile…

It is the true side of being me!…And yes I cannot approach it full time now 🙂 That’s the irony of life, how it translates to me…

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My ancestral lineage..

I was born in Allahabad in a nursing home called Draupadi Nursing home in a locality called Kalyani Devi in the older locality of the city (map attached)alld map

My family was staying in a rented place since there was a court case going about their original place of stay! So my first two years of childhood as well as the two years before my birth (immediately after my parent’s wedding) were spent there only by my family.

As far as I know, my paternal great grandfather had earned money as an accountant to build up a house for himself and his family in a good area called Mahajani Tola! My grandfather also took up the same job after completing his graduation. However educated and smart looking my grand father was, not being extremely industrious was something my vivacious grandmother never approved of. She was the fire of the house – extremely required in “not to do so good” house of ours!! But the family was the apple of everyone’s eyes, you go back and check those times – my granny ensured they were involved in every social occasion right from birth to marriages or festivals..she was just WOW!!

As far as my maternal family goes, they were traditionally better off than my paternal side. They were famous for their workshops of stones. Stone structures were famous in those days! Their family was bigger too. My maternal great great grandfather, whose portrait I have seen in the house was an important businessman/trader of stones and made a great name as well as money for the family which literally helped generations to be fed with little or no help. My maternal grandpa – whom I never saw was a very loyal man, who spent his entire life following and supporting his elder brother. The elder brother whom I have known as Nanaji for my entire life is a great man in his own right, someone with immense knowledge and value system and takes extreme pride in himself and his life. An ideal example of how old fellows are 🙂

Alot of things which were similar between my paternal and maternal families – both had large families 🙂 both were business families traditionally with my paternal family giving way to services while maternal side still holding on to the business/contractor style of work.

There are so many stories and so many characters, I will hopefully disclose in coming days!!