Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Samay Soni. 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?
As far as uncles and aunties are concerned, I’m a financial analyst with a degree in mechanical engineering who’s done a tech job in the middle.
Moving through a plethora of differently styled jobs during my search for the right one, I’ve realized though that it’s hard to define yourself just by your career choices. And I was lucky enough to have a chance to explore a few things on the side.
So if I had to sum up the entirety of my existence within a sentence, I would say,
“I see myself as a polymath with an interest in finance and psychology.”
I am, however, in my free time, also a poet, a budding bassist, a cyclist, an ex-internet spammer, and nurture a soft spot for NGOs. I’m currently working with a poetry group on the side that we’ve started, which is my side project at the moment.
2. Tell me about poetry. Why is it an attractive art form for you, and what does your poetry group want to accomplish as a collective?
At the moment we are basically just a group of people connecting over our mutual love for poetry.
Although we have ambitious plans for the near future, it all begins with nurturing the poet inside us within a safe space that helps us grow with each other’s support.
Poetry has been with me for a while; it was my escape at times when I couldn’t manage my human response to the world – I found a way to express myself through my work. So it’s natural that I give it the importance that I do.
3. As someone experimenting with various career and hobby choices, what are the things in certain positions that turn you off? How did you decide the tech job or “internet spamming” isn’t for you? And what is different about your current situation?
I would say I’m done experimenting majorly with career choices. I’ve finally found things that I enjoy that I want to stick to (finance, poetry, my bass), hence I do harbor a healthy urgency of sorts to establish myself in those fields.
Deciding what is or isn’t for me is easy for me. I knew from the beginning of my degree, for example, that I wasn’t built to be an engineer, and that my passions lay elsewhere.
I chose the degree to keep my options open in the future because at the time I didn’t know what I wanted to be narrowing down on. But the longer I live out my career, the more certain I get that I’m heading in the right direction.
I have an intrinsic need to understand how the world works, and Finance and Psychology help me gain a deeper understanding of what’s going on around me. That’s why I love those subjects.
4. So as a person with the intrinsic need to decipher the world, what are your three best observations so far about society and person and the relationship between the two?
Well, I could talk about society in general.
My three observations so far about humankind in totality are that:
- The world runs on people wanting to be liked or have their existence externally validated.
- Society is inherently stupid.
- But, bit by bit, even if at snail’s pace, we seem to be getting things right.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.
So I’d like to end this on a different note and say that we’re currently setting up our poetry group.
I would request anyone interested to contact me personally and connect with me – it’s going to be an interesting venture and I hope to eventually bring in as many people as I can!
My number is +91 8130-924-862. Send me a text on Whatsapp.
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