Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Sanjeeta Saha. See her 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?
I am Sanjeeta. I am 24 and I work for a PR firm. My work essentially means that I handle brands and manage their reputations (and ensure that nothing tarnishes that!).
I have two side engagements as I like to call them – the first is my blog, which I started a few months back. I write about real life experiences, make them into identifiable stories and hope that it helps people who are going through something similar. My biggest achievement is when people tell me that they can relate to what I write. That’s all I want from it.
The second one is Sofar Sounds Bangalore. I handle their social media handles and given that I love indie music, it’s the best side job anyone can have!
2. Talk to me about your job in PR. What kind of satisfaction does that kind of work bring, and what do you hope to accomplish in the next few years?
I won’t answer the first part, mainly because I really hope that in a few years, I won’t be in PR. I want to go back to journalism and write full-time since I believe that’s what would make me the happiest.
I write about real life experiences, make them into identifiable stories and hope that it helps people who are going through something similar.
I need to first figure out which beat of journalism I want to work in. But at the moment, I believe whatever I write should create some impact in others’ lives. I have given myself about 8 more months to get more clarity on that!
3. So talk to me about your blog. How are you enjoying the experience, and what kind of experiences do you write about?
It is turning out to be a relationship blog (if that is a thing!). I generally write about experiences that I or any of my friends have in their relationships. For now, it has been majorly restricted to romantic relationships, but I do not want to limit myself there.
I want to write about mental health and personal growth and touch upon topics that people our age generally grapple with. 🙂
4. So as someone finally tuned to the ebbs and flows of writing and journalism, what singular piece of advice do you have for other young journalists who might read this? Additionally, what’s the one thing you would say to your past self, and the one thing you would say to your future self?
Okay, my piece of advice to everyone who wants to get into any field of work and not just journalists – be sure of what you want to do. It is easy to mistake fascination for passion and in the long run, that might come back as a huge regret. Pick a career that you won’t have to sulk about on any given day of the week. Pick a career that you can happily work weekends for.
As for budding journalists, be sure of what you are saying. Your words impact millions. Write about what you feel is right and never compromise on the truth. Your pen is indeed mightier than the sword. So use it wisely.
To my past self… I would like to tell her that she made the right choices. Not all of them [were great] but wherever she is now is because of those choices and it is a pretty amazing place that she is in. I am proud of her.
My past self made the right choices. Not all of them were great but she’s in an amazing place now because of them.
To my future self, I am proud of you. I am so happy to see where you are and if you have sailed through all the lemons that life threw at you, you can do anything now. You are invincible and amazing and I am glad that you got where you wanted to be! 🙂
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.
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