Sayantan Bhattacharjee | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 41 – with Sayantan Bhattacharjee, and we talk about foreign languages, adaptability, and some great life advice.

Sayantan Bhattacharjee | #TalkbackTuesday

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Sayantan Bhattacharjee. 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?

Hi, I am Sayantan Bhattacharjee (most people know me as Sunny, though) and I currently work as a Systems Engineer in Infosys. Right now, I’m currently mostly occupied with work, so I can’t really say I have a side project going on.

2. When you say you’re occupied with work, how do you mean? Also, how do you define your personal work ethic?

Well, what I mean to say is that I spend more than 75-80% of my waking time working. As someone who had a lot of hobbies back in my school and college days (including but not limited to quizzing, combat sports etc), it somehow feels like my entire life revolves around my work right now.

As far as my work ethic goes, I’d describe myself as mostly a motivated worker, though I am prone to some minor bouts of laziness once in a while. It’s surprising, but others have a higher opinion of my work ethic than myself.

3. Talk to me about your varied hobbies from before this work period. What were your favourite activities? Also, if others have a higher opinion of your work ethic, would you consider yourself an adaptable and responsible person?

Before I started working, I used to do a fair bit of quizzing in my school and college days, having participated in quite a few high profile quizzes (and won a few).

Other than that, I used to be a gym rat and trained in Muay Thai. I was selected for the national finals of the 13th MTI Senior National Muay Thai Championship in 2012. I was also an administrative member of the biggest Anime/Manga club in eastern India. Also, though this doesn’t count as a hobby, I studied Japanese for 4 years.

In short, I was a far more interesting person back then.

Tokyo | Sayantan Bhattacharjee #TalkbackTuesday
Sayantan is currently residing in Tokyo, so he’s living the dream of every teenage nerd ever.

Yes, I would consider myself a very adaptable person. I would go as far as to say that it is one of my core strengths. Ever since graduating college, I have lived in three cities and managed to (somehow) fit in every time. As for being responsible, I don’t go home before my work is done, so I guess that makes me responsible in a way.

4. So as a generally self-aware and competent person, what would you say are your three pieces of advice to keep in mind for a healthy and productive life?

Well, if I had to give three pieces of advice, the first would be to focus on keeping your support system intact. A lot of people getting caught in the rat race forego this important aspect of life and end up feeling alienated and lonely as a result. And as everyone finds out (hopefully sooner rather than later), all the money in the world cannot buy you happiness.

Second would be to develop a thick skin. Sure, it would be great if everyone was nice to you, but the world is not all sunshine and rainbows, and it is up to you to realize that sometimes, there will be racist jerks, uncooperative colleagues and so on. Some things just have to be taken in your stride.

Support | Sayantan Bhattacharjee #TalkbackTuesday
Having your support system intact is of paramount importance.

And finally, and in my opinion, the most important thing is to have goals. Always have something to look forward to – because even if it is not that easy to achieve, working towards it will make you feel happy. Sometimes it can be as mundane as saving up for a nice pair of shoes, or it can be as big as getting your dream job or being admitted to your dream university.

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.

Well, if there is anything I would like the audience to explore, I would like them to look into the possibility of learning a foreign language of their choice. Not only does it open the door to a lot of employment opportunities, but it also gives you a glimpse into the lives of people far different from your own. You would be surprised to see just how many kinds of people there are. And as I have said earlier, as you look to get more fluent in your chosen language, you’ll always have a goal to look forward to.

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Next, check out the previous interview from last Tuesday with Kamani Jinadasa by clicking on the image below.

Kamani Jinadasa | #TalkbackTuesday
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