Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Pragya Daga. See her interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about 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?
My name is Pragya Daga. I’m twenty-one years old, and on the verge of becoming a graduate in environmental science (honours).
I have varied interests, which include reading, learning Latin dancing (salsa, to be precise), obsessing over J.K. Rowling and her stories, and being an over-enthused and crazy Roger Federer fan.
I have been teaching calligraphy for a year and a half now. I channelize my hyper nature by working out a lot. And I have plans to be a yoga instructor pretty soon.
2. With you doing so many things (college, salsa, calligraphy, yoga), how important is it for you to stay engaged at all times? Do you think people in your generation should diversify and do multiple things at the same time?
Being engaged is a term used very casually. If you love what you do, it comes naturally to you. All my hobbies/passion have become routine to me. All of them hold the same importance in my life, none is less.
I get tired sometimes, but it leaves me with a sense of pride.
My generation, I believe, are more so following their hearts rather than following the masses. Doing multiple things not only keeps your mind engaged, it makes a person much more active and appreciative towards themselves. It’s school out of school – shaping you holistically in all spheres.
What I do is not easily managed but it makes me like me more, because I’m doing things I like and I’m good at it. Though [I get] tired sometimes, it leaves me with a sense of pride for myself. And it definitely opens many options for the future. After all, that is what we are all running after.
3. You touched upon what I wanted to ask you next – tiredness. Are you able to find time to take care of yourself – your health, your sleep, your nutrition. How important is personal care to you at this stage of your life?
I’m glad you asked me this.
Health is the most important thing to me at present. I have been working really hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the past two years. Every day is a struggle to decide what should be eaten and what should be avoided. I work out at least 4 days a week, doing various form of exercises, which have made me realize that nothing comes to a weak or undernourished body. Hence, all the control, all the eating-right talk.
My timetable is such that gives me enough time to do what is right at this stage, especially when I know the importance of it all and how it’s going to be a huge plus-point for me in the future.
4. Great. Talk to me about calligraphy. Why should more people in our generation learn calligraphy?
Do you think there are psychological/personality benefits to calligraphy?
Calligraphy always brings a smile to my face. It’s like the happy, cheerful me coming out on paper. I happened to learn the art by chance, and I have never been more happy about anything ever. It’s been 7 years since I first held the pen, and now i have started teaching as well.
Calligraphy, according to me, is expression, design, and emotion. It’s not just the colour, it’s the stroke of the last letter, the curve of the S or the stain of ink on your hands. Calligraphy has made me much more creative. It’s an accomplishment to make a word look so much prettier and more beautiful, and to bring out awe in the eyes of a layman.
Yes, it’s been a life lesson to me. Calligraphy teaching, suddenly changed a 5 feet tall girl into Ma’am. The feeling is great to be honest, and a bit embarrassing too, but all in all really cool. [You learn] how to deal with 6 kids at the same time creating chaos, how to be patient enough to give back-to-back classes, how to hide your bad mood because now you are the teacher, and finally how to take criticism.
And the best part is that you earn a little something by doing something of your own. So it’s ultimately your hard earned money, and the first salary always holds a special place. This is my first job so it’s really important to me.
5. Finally, do you have anything to plug? It could be a business or a product, or it could be anything from a song to words of wisdom.
I have a lot of things going on at present, and not all have been mentioned. Well, good things take their own sweet time. I always wanted to cure people, be it of illness, depression, a problem or a crisis.
I want to be the healer of the world – the one who solves. The day I can become that, I would have achieved something worthwhile.
I’ll end this by saying that we are all here to do special deeds, don’t kill the keeda [Tn: worm], let it bite you and take you forward.
A little compassion can take you places. Do what you want to do. Kill the monotony, step out and see the wonders. Life has shown me quite a few, it’s your turn now. 🙂
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