Why I started blogging

It’s now just over a month since I have set up my blog, soakin. I am grateful and at the same time humbled to see people from different parts of the world taking interest to follow this blog. I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself.

My name is Tathagata(Tat) Biswas. Now living in Sydney, I work in the Information Technology sector as a Senior Consultant helping organisations with technology implementations and business process improvement projects.

What brings me to the blogosphere?Not that I didn’t enjoy my day job or that it wasn’t challenging or rewarding enough. I was looking for the opportunity to ask and seek answers to questions which lay beyond my area of work. I suppose many of life’s basic questions remain the same across the span of time in this universe. These are questions which loom around us like shadows. And, we human-beings keep looking around, sideways, up and down, to find the source of this shadow. Or may be these questions are, like the air around us, the air we breathe in and out to stay alive but can never grasp a handful. At times, this air can become a strong wind which stops us in our paths.

Call it the shadow or the invisible air, the question I was seeking to answer is the classic: What would I do with my time on Earth if I didn’t have to work to earn a living?

My search for an answer first got me interested in the field of graphic design. This was perhaps a natural extension of my love for using diagrams and other visual imagery as part of my day job and also photography, which I pursued as a hobby for the past few years. Photography led to tremendous personal joy and satisfaction. This was a turning point in my life. I started looking for the extra-ordinary in the ordinary moments of life.It became my soul-mate.

Pursuing my quest for an answer, I got myself enrolled in an online graphic design course and boy, what a ride it was! For the first time, I started noticing how graphic design was all around us in our lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the coursework and got top grades for the next 6 months. I was wondering why didn’t I do this before?

In parallel to all the joys of learning design, I was also starting to loose interest because of many unanswered questions. The shadow, the invisible air of endless questions which surround us every living moment.The reason for my dilemma was that I was not sure what I would do with this new set of skills, my new knowledge-base once I finish the design course. Should I leave my day job and put on the fancy pants and creative hat to become a graphic designer? But why should I do that? After all, I have been wanting for years to have this certain profile, to be at this certain stage of career in my job. And, I didn’t want to be just a ‘creative hippie’.

I wanted to read, in fact read a lot about all the things which I find fascinating: human nature, social behaviour, culture, commerce, management, innovation, creativity and of course design. Not just read and learn myself, I also wanted to share and learn from other people about things which fascinate them about this world.

Over the last one and half years, I have been reading everything I could find time to read outside my day job. It has been absolutely fascinating and enlightening to read about topics ranging across anthropology, behavioural economics, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, sociology, art and history. And this time around, I have been able to defy the shadows, brave the windy air of questions and just enjoy my journey without worrying about the destination.

I am fortunate to have a day job which provides a brilliant opportunity to work with different groups of people across different organisations to achieve project objectives. This has allowed me to observe individual and collective human behaviour under different circumstances and make an effort to understand my observations through the alternate lenses of anthropology, behavioural economics, etc. I now try to use these alternate lenses to also understand the current state and evolving paradigm of global and local issues affecting our communities. It’s also been a blessing to have a wonderful wife, family, friends and work colleagues who tolerate my gibberish, fight back with common sense and make me seek more gibberish for another hearty discussion.

Steve Jobs said in his famous graduation commencement speech at Stanford, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Two years back, I wouldn’t have imagined setting up a blog. And now, I am in the blogosphere.

I don’t know what lies on the road ahead. Will the shadows, the invisible air of questions hold me back once again? I shall now soak into Einstein’s adage,” Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” I hope to stay soaked in this forever.

I truly appreciate your time. Please feel free to provide feedback as you journey through the blogosphere and stumble upon this blog. I invite you to soak in. I promise not to disappoint you.

Thank You,

Tat

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Admire your spirit, your quest, your hunger and your determination, buddy!

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