A Petroleum Engineer Talks about Curiosity and Learning | Aamir Lokhandwala #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 60 – with Aamir Lokhandwala, and we talk about petroleum engineering, learning many things, and childhood advice.

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Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Aamir Lokhandwala. See his interview below.

Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.


1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?

So I’m working as a petroleum engineer in an oilfield services company. On the side, I am trying to do more than a few things, which doesn’t leave me very focused. But I’m trying to get there. Revisiting basic statistics and programming skills. Also polishing my French, mon ami!

Something only for you to know is that I kind of got influenced by your cooking skills so I decided to learn a little bit. And now I can make my own breakfast with some variety, LOL. [A/N: Sorry for using this in the interview, Aamir.]

In a Glance: Aamir is a petroleum engineer who enjoys practicing several life skills, such as cooking, statistics, programming, and French.

2. Very cool. So when you know that working on multiple skills is hampering your focus, why do you still choose to do so? If you had to pick only three skills to work on (and sacrifice the rest) this year, which would they be and why?

Good question – makes me introspect. I guess I like to work on multiple things as internally I’m always trying to look for beauty in chaos. Having more to do on the plate puts me in a situation to optimize and perhaps that’s helped me till now. Looking to continue the streak!

But if I had to choose three things I would prioritize them as:

  • Learning to program better
  • Revisiting statistical techniques, and
  • Continuing to learn French.
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Aamir enjoys a range of activities and enjoys the fact that it is a range.

3. Let’s come back to petroleum engineering. What attracted you to that field in particular, and what excites you about your current work?

Engineering being my instinctive choice, I wanted to do something off the beaten track… so I chose to go for an unconventional course. My father guided me on this based on his knowledge and here I am.

My current role involves a lot of problem-solving and that uncertainty of the problem statement is both challenging as well as exciting!

The petroleum field itself is quite an inexact science since you cannot see what’s underground. It makes your work around it quite interesting, I think.

4. Given you’re happy and excited about your work while working out priorities for other things, what are three pieces of advice you’ve ever received that you wish to implement in your life in the next few years?

Well yes… when you put it that way it became a little difficult to characterize but I’ll still try. So an untold advice from my father is to always stay humble and keep learning and moving forward. That I always keep in mind.

An advice from a school teacher was not to be kind to wolves, which in a way talks about drawing a line between being nice and being exploited.

And maybe another one from school time… I don’t know if you remember but it was an assembly morning story by Father Rector. On Michelangelo’s paintings… “My best will be my next”. Kind of optimism which keeps you wanting to go further.

In a Glance: Stay humble and keep learning. Be wary of being exploited. Stay optimistic and believe that you get better.

5. Great. Finally, what can you leave the audience with? What should they explore next?

I plan to start a blog of my own. I’m adding that as an unfocused addition to my list of things because I realize I have been wanting to do this for a long time.

[A/N: He did it. https://medium.com/@aamir.lokhandwala
He’s currently working on a piece about elevating mental thresholds. Here’s a message that serves as inspiration and preview:
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I will ask people to ask more of themselves. In this newsfeed force-fed world, we are more inclined to swipe, read and accept rather than question and learn. This eventually leads to less doing and more time-wasting.

So if everyone can take an onus on themselves to ask more of themselves in whatever they do, from a moral standpoint or in practicing whatever it is they like to do… we’ll be regressing slower than we seem to currently be doing as a race.

I’d also like to ask people to volunteer more wherever they are, at whatever level they are – school, college, company, for an NGO, but do volunteer. Learning to return a part of yourself to society is what will make us more human.


Thank you for reading Talkback Tuesday! Did you enjoy it?

Next, check out the previous interview from last Tuesday with Nicole Paralkar by clicking on the image below. Nicole is a blogger and a member of a creative agency, and she believes in self-expression. She talked to us about writing and creativity.

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Click the image to see the interview.