Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Priyanka Ganwani. 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?
I am Priyanka Ganwani, a journalist writer and a media enthusiast. I am a Bombay girl through and through, who is exploring avenues of telling stories with compassion.
My side project? I am calling it Knots – it is all about tying ideas to make one in the form of merchandise, be it home decor or accessories. I am still setting it up.
2. What do you mean when you say you’re a media enthusiast? What would you say is the most gratifying aspect of a career in media/journalism?
I mean, while I’ve specialized in journalism and a worked a bit in the field, I realize all these media are somewhere merging, especially digital media. And as a professional, I ought to be to convey my story irrespective of the medium, and across as many of them.
I ought to be to convey my story irrespective of the medium, and across as many of them.
The most gratifying part is that you get to see things as they are. You are responsible for letting people know about things without any filter. You learn and pass it on to everybody else.
3. Tell me more about Knots – what’s your vision for this and what do you hope to accomplish with it?
It’s supposed to be merchandise with a difference. From the materials used, to the message the range gives out. I started off using waste tiles from a godown [warehouse], and turned them into boxes and coasters.
It is about reusing what we have with aesthetics. I’ve always loved colour and art and craft. The fact is that we sit down and make some things with a purpose.
4. If you had to give advice to people in your generation, especially those with public facing responsibilities like journalism, what would be the three things you would say?
I’m the last one to give advice like that.
But if I really had to, I’d say that you should be able to write and comprehend any beat ideally. And while it’s not a social obligation, it always works to treat things with compassion and not click bait. Be smart about what needs notice and work around it.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like to plug? It could be a product or business, or it could be anything from a song to words of wisdom.
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