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About Me

Hello!

I’m Priyank. A mid-30s guy living in Toronto, Canada.

I’m very interested in trying new things and my interests are diverse. Food, people, places, technologies – I like them all. My life philosophy is guided by the thrill of learning and exploration, and planned attempts to land in unplanned circumstances, something that I think is essential to keep life exciting and encouraging. Whatever I do, I approach life with optimism and strive to make each day happy and fruitful.

I take pride in trying out and doing absolutely random things. Because, why not?

Curious to read more?

Well, you’re strange, but sure I’ll keep talking about myself.

I grew up in Mumbai, India, in a fairly middle-class conforming mono-cultural environment. I finished high school and university, got a good job, and was pretty much on track for leading a conventional grown up lifestyle. Then one day I realized I didn’t want to do what others expected me to do.

I started travelling. A long distance cycling expedition, multiple hikes in the Himalayas, backpacking, meeting other people, trying new things. I knew my future was going to be quite different than what I had thought.

I moved to Canada, studied for a Master’s degree, got a job that I enjoyed doing. I met my partner, made new friends, bought a house, got married, and pretty much ‘settled down’ as they say.

The best part? I worked towards building an old-fashion model of working, saving, and travelling, that has, for the past decade, allowed me to spend about 2 months every year on the road.

I’ve had this website since 2000, as a medium for expressing my random thoughts and idle musings; in all the time the website has existed, it has served no useful purpose to the world, other than to entertain myself. But you are reading it now. So I’ll throw some more stuff at ya!

Resumé Summary

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Mumbai University, India
  • Master of Business Administration, York University, Canada

Work Experience (lots of these are overlaps)

  • About 4 years in Engineering and Project Management
  • About 4 years in various consulting gigs – freelancing, internships, co-op
  • About 8 years in public policy, operations, finance, and generally solving problems/getting things done
  • About 5 years of leading teams, managing, working with C-level executives, and translating knowledge between various groups
  • About 2 years in startups, innovation, next-gen companies

Interests

  • Musician: I play Indian classical music on Sitar. I generally enjoy classical music, jazz, soft rock, and any music that moves me.
  • Polyglot: I grew up speaking Marathi, added English and Hindi to it in school, then was Sanskrit, some German and Japanese in university, and since then I’ve picked up some Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. It is very difficult to remember the words if you don’t use them regularly, but give me some time and I’ll have a decent conversation with you in any of those languages!
  • Yoga instructor: Years ago, I got certified as an Ashtanga Yoga teacher. I volunteered teaching Yoga for a while, but now it has become a personal practice.
  • Wedding officiant: I am also in the process of becoming a wedding officiant. While that continues, I am available to conduct ceremonies and support the celebration of a major milestone in people’s lives.
  • Photographer: I enjoy taking pictures and being creative with my camera(s). I’m currently using an Olympus mirrorless system. Before that, I had a Nikon DSLR. Celphone cameras keep improving; everyone can take good pictures.
  • Web Designer: From time to time I update my knowledge of the interwebs and design websites for people, simply as an outlet for creativity and learning something new.

Trivia

  • Leo, INTJ.
  • Slow travel across 22 countries, including India (although India really is a union of at least 15 different countries).
  • Couchsurfed (stayed at a stranger’s place or hosted a stranger at my place) at least 60 times.
  • For the last 5 years, I’ve biked an average of 2,500 km every year.
  • Advocate of the Oxford comma.

Alright, that’s enough material to prepare a proper dossier on me.

Contact

I’m happy to chat with you, just send me an email. If you’d like to meet, we can grab a beer (you buy). Contact me through any of the social media channels you find me on, or simply send an email.


Thank you for visiting my website!

116 Comments

  1. Vishakha Vishakha

    Hi,
    Mi tujhya sitela achanak bhet dili. Tumhi kay karya karta he janun ghyayachi iccha ahe. Mala swatahala sahityachi awad. Mi vividh karyakramanmadhun nivedika mhanun kam karte. lalit lekhan karna, kavita karna, abhinay karna mala khup avadta. aaplya site vishayee janun ghenyachi khup utsukata ahe. apan mala e-mail karal? majha mail id var dilela ahech.
    laksh laksh shubheccha!
    will u pls. keep in touch with me?

    • Mandar Mandar

      Wish you a very happy birthday 🙂

  2. Priyank joshi Priyank joshi

    hi priyank

    i m also one of the priyank who visited your site by accident

    and i just read the comments about you and concluded that you must had written something

    well actually i didn’t get any time to go thru all the pages as my companies policy didn’t allow me to do it for long time

    and offcourse i wud like to know what all stuff you had written and many more things about you cos these comments had raised my anxiety

    abt myself i m 85 born
    completed electronics engineering
    now working as a software engineer in MAINFRAMES
    thats why i can’t make my own site although i want to as i work in MAINFRAMES 😉

    well i don’t know whether you read these thing or not but if you do i mean if you exist and someday if you read my post then if possible and got time ……. reply

    not waiting for your reply eagerly but will luv to hear from you if you do read these posts

    thanks and regards
    priyank joshi

    • priyank priyank

      me too visited this site by accident just by searching my name priyank on google…lol

  3. vaishali vaishali

    thankyou for acknowledement.
    yours truely
    vaishali.

  4. Vaishali:
    You are welcome 🙂

  5. Amod Amod

    It\’s 1st ever in my life that i took my time 2 read d complete POLICY content of any site. Thanks to u, 4 giving a clear picture of ur website POLICIES in a compressed content.

  6. solti solti

    excellent!!!!
    i never knew u were sooo good…
    🙂
    lagey raho…

  7. dude, how sad it is that now, you are going to get reduced to trekking between home and Schulich, reading nothing but textbooks and sleep three hours a day 😉
    But really yaar, this is a really wonderful website. It suddenly feels like I know you better. Best of luck man!

    Vaarun.

  8. Aashish Aashish

    Great site Puku, you are inspiring me .. we are going to have to talk about this soon.

    Looking forward to see your reflection on your first assignment 🙂

    Aashish

  9. Chunrong Chunrong

    Hi, Puku.

    Fabulious web.(I will make you crazy about my spelling. Ha!)

    Now I realy believe you can fly.

  10. Vi Vi

    Dombivili, eh? Small world. I lived there until I was 8 years old. 🙂 (West side).

  11. neela neela

    Hey what is your problem about isarali guyz man ? just take light and remove tht stuff if possible for you…
    – Neela

  12. Genius… Perfect!!!
    Wooww… What a style of introduction!! Flattered!

    Keep writing. Nice blog! 🙂

  13. Vaibhav Vaibhav

    Hi kasa ahes? this is my number: 001 320 761 8663

  14. Please, give me contact address (email or msn) of this site administrator…
    Thanks!

  15. hans hans

    please fly over for a weekend blogging..))
    kindest
    hans
    Istanbul

  16. Vijay Pal Singh Vijay Pal Singh

    How do you know about Banjar and Shringi Rishi Maharaj Temple.
    Vijay.

  17. ajoba ajoba

    You are a GENIUS !!! I am sure you will look forward to the maximum height !!!

  18. vinaya aatya vinaya aatya

    Too kool…!!!! enjoyed reading ..!!!

  19. Hi Priyank,

    I liked your bio.
    Your blog has an amazing design too.
    Would love to use any such design for my blog.

    All the best.

  20. One of the best “About Me” pages I’ve ever read!

    The “I didn’t know you were so…” comments prove you’re a real INTJ! 🙂

    Will spend more time reading your blog in the coming days…

  21. Priyank Priyank

    hi my name is also priyank

  22. Hello! Help solve the problem.
    Very often try to enter the site, but says that the password is not correct.
    Regrettably use of remembering. Give like to be?
    Thank you!

  23. For some reason, your site is acting very unresponsive and loading very slowly since yesterday. I’m not sure if it’s a problem localized to me. But once I even got this WordPress error:

    “Error establishing a database connection

    This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at mysql12.powweb.com. This could mean your host’s database server is down.
    Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
    Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
    Are you sure that the database server is running?

    If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.”

    Feel free to delete this comment after you’ve looked into it.

  24. Niiice! neat place you got here! 🙂 will be back when I have more time on my hands and roam around..

  25. Interesting to see your pictures. You clearly have seen more of the world (at least India!) than I have, though 1981 was when I had pubic hairs….

  26. Neo Neo

    nice intro page…and we share more things in common…one of them is birthday 🙂

  27. naisioxerloro naisioxerloro

    Hi.
    Good design, who make it?

  28. priyank pawar priyank pawar

    hi, i am also priyank reside at amravati from maharashtra. i just searching about our name meaning or something which related abt our name and fortunately i got your web side .i am proud of yr work which you have done thank u .
    priyank

  29. shilpa shilpa

    wow da…simply awesome !!! !!!

  30. piyusha piyusha

    oh…. u r funny and serious at the same time. gud to read

  31. Impressive! i.e., the ‘about me’ page. Will check the rest at leisure.

  32. […] give the whole tagging thing a pass but would welcome others, who would like to take up these meme. Priyank , Bachodi r u […]

  33. prax prax

    dude there are no compulsions ! dont bother if u dont have the time

  34. please let mr. priyank know that it was nice to read about him.
    he seems like an interesting character!!

    • please let mr. priyank know that it was nice to read about him.
      he seems like an interesting character!!
      tr..

      • haha, yes he said thanks 😉

  35. Hi Priyank,

    Nice to know you’re interested in yoga and sitar – two of my interests too. Well, Indian classical music in general, which includes sitar. Have you played at a public concert in Toronto or elsewhere? I think Boston is having a classical music festival in a month or so.

  36. […] a sheer torture, because the keyboard placements are a mystery to most humble souls. But Priyank, the net गुरु, showed me the way of the the master blogger and communicator who uses multiple languages to […]

  37. Priyank Parab Priyank Parab

    Hi, mate my name’s Priyank too. I stay in bhandup,mumbai. Nice to hear that you still are intreseted and have great respect for Indian culture. Dont you ever visit India ?. I am an 1st year engg. student. What have you done? Engg….?

  38. Annie Annie

    Hi Priyank,

    Landed up on your blog thru Zhu (Thanks Zhu!) Loved your name & Loved your blog too 🙂 I will be regular visitor now!

    Take care,
    Ann

  39. Sudheendra Sudheendra

    Thats an awesome introduction … I liked your site … Dude just wanted to know how you are managing your expenses of travel while you are still a student?

  40. So nice of you to leave a comment on my blog, thank you!
    I have lost my old favorites (blame FireFox!), and enjoy having your url back up on my new list!

    I will be back when I have a bit more time on my hand (or am not as powered out as I am right now *g*).

    Good luck! 🙂

  41. Hi Priyank,

    Came across your blog through a listing of top Indian blogs.

    I am still going through your Andean explorations. It is simply amazing.

    A superb blog. Please accept my compliments.

    Cheers!!!

  42. Yogesh Mashalkar Yogesh Mashalkar

    hey dude!!

    stumbled upon ur site just like that!!..and im so glad abt it 🙂

    its wonderful that you stay true to ur dream n travel that much..
    hope to see u soon in india..on a fantastic trek i suppose!!
    enjoy!!

  43. kidsproblem kidsproblem

    your site is looking like sify or any other good site

  44. Nice to know you, accidentally ended up visiting your blog, was a pleasure being here. Thanks.

  45. That was winter of 2000, i thought let me find something related with my name , and till that date i really visited your site and always surprised that u managed to put your website with all new feature and each time i got something new, however i couldn’t find your face on this website as i was so curious to see you, and finally i found that as i saw your pictures uploaded on site, i am really impressed with all you achievements, your cycle visit from goa , your blogs always gave a good ideas of writing blog in an exiting way. your comments everything seem managed and worked a lot to make them wonderful . i really appreciate your work on your website. best of luck for you future prospects. have dude…

  46. trisha trisha

    it looks even better now. love the new ‘gateway’ and the welcome address. 🙂

  47. WerbWeinc WerbWeinc

    Hi webmaster. Good Work! 🙂 lol

  48. inspiring design
    i am impressed.
    Think i am going to be a regular at your site.

  49. sally sally

    hi there..came across ur blog frm my friend Jo’s blog.. I guess you are a regular visitor there.. 🙂 I read thru some of the replies that u hav written as an answer to his blogs and found them to be very good.. Me and Jo recently had a tug or words between some comments that i hav posted in his blog in the “Myth: Relgion is tolerance” post… I wud lik u to go thru my posts there and giv an honest opinion to what u think i hav posted.. thannx a lot.. 🙂

    PS: I think ur blog rocks.. 🙂

  50. Debi_zyx Debi_zyx

    Love your site, and everything you write.
    Do be in contact when you’re in Tel Aviv next year.
    All the best.

  51. Hi there, awesome intro! Btw, Tanzania is a beautiful country, do visit Kenya too while you are there.

  52. god you inspired me i too have a blog but never thought could write as good as this. Besides i have a blog made in word press wonder how you made this

  53. AsseldAcerafe AsseldAcerafe

    Hi

    As newly registered user i only wanted to say hello to everyone else who uses this forum 😀

  54. Priyank Prasun Priyank Prasun

    Hi!!!!!!!!
    This is Priyank here from hyderabad. Came across to yr blog in search of Priyank>>>> I appreciate yr work and very interesting to read >>>> all the very best to you….
    Priyank

  55. umm.. so much of comments. Do you have time to reply all? i just walked around some blogs and landed on your blog. your writting style is interesting.

    • Welcome Sharmila and thanks for stopping by to comment. I reply to all comments written on my blog 🙂 See you again sometime!

  56. hey i forgot to ask. u know yoga? because i am doing it regularly

    • That’s nice to know, I practised it for a long time myself.

  57. Hey hi,
    Was just searching for the song Jhini’s meaning..and came across your blog…..feels great to see a person who is as crazy behing Indian ocean music as I am. read your posts loved them….
    Regards,
    Sukhada P Khandge

  58. Hi Priyank, This is one of the best About Me pages I’ve read.
    Hope you’re enjoying the spring too. And that everything works out well with your new host! Cheers.

    • Oh thanks Erica! Yes my new host (media temple) is working well so far. 🙂

  59. A very nice blog, love it.

  60. Hi Priyank,
    I just got back from Port Dover / Port Ryerse Cottage Country with no wifi. When I got back to Toronto, I started purging all my Junk email. But then, I saw a couple of Final Transit email, but it was too late! I clicked the ‘Mark as Phishing Scam’ button. Sorry I missed your email. But I hope to get to know you more in the days / weeks / months to come. Glad to connect with a fellow Torontonian (is that what we’re called?)
    Cheers,
    Jen

    • Oh no worries, that happens. The emails must have been the comments I wrote on your blog. 🙂
      PS: I hope you have unmarked my email address!

  61. WordPress.com ला भाषांतरित करण्यासाठी तुझी मदत हवी आहे. http://translate.wordpress.com/ इथे जाऊन जमेल तेव्हा जमेल तेवढे शब्द भाषांतरित करा. आणि तशी http://mr.wordpress.com/ हि WordPress.com ची मराठी साईट आहे हे तुला माहित असेलच. इंटरनेट वरच्या तुझ्या मित्रानाही सांग.

    • नक्की! धन्यवाद सुदा!

  62. R Srinivas R Srinivas

    Hai Priyank ,
    What aservice you are rendering to Tourists / potential Tourists .Your minute details and photographs are superb .Thank you Priyank.

    • Thanks Srinivas, I’m glad you like it.

  63. Narayan Narayan

    Very nice writeup

  64. The home page of priyank.com looks super cool. A very welcome change.

    Somewhere I read that your “blog has no home, the blog itself is a home”. It sounds nice to read but not practical. I had to use back [browser] button to get to your personal blog if I am on travel blog. If i have traversed down in travel blog, it wud take multiple clicks to get to the home page and then to personal blog.

    I would recommend you to use the link on “final transit” and “home” to point to u r home page and not to the latest updated blog.

    • Hi Mandar, those were good comments, thanks!

      I was (am still) very confused about the ‘home’ link on blog pages you mention, so I stuck to the standard web practices of linking Home to blog home. There are many reasons for doing so, most important of them being that the audience for my personal and travel blogs are completely different so there are few people who would visit both sites. And in case they want to, they can edit the url in the address bar which is not much of an hassle either. So I am going to stay with the current scheme unless some brilliant solution comes forward, but thanks for pointing it out. 🙂

  65. priyank patel priyank patel

    hi

    i am priyank patel from ahmedabad (guju)…

    i am doing my own business in ahmedabad…

    best luck for yur work…

    priyank

    • Thanks for stopping by Priyank!

  66. hi,

    what a real comprehensive “about” page of yours.

    a real nice blog to read. good good. keep blogging. 🙂

    • Thanks bloomer22, and welcome to my blog.

  67. hi
    man ur a dood i read all about u and this is my first time with someons profile beacouse i thought its freeky to do that with every social nw sites.but i like ur gallery and all stuff.caryy on and try to maat when u come rajasthan jodhpur india if u have a future plan.
    best of luck

  68. Sameer Sameer

    Hey Priyak,
    Nice and different intro about ones identity.

    Would like 2 be in touch.

    Thanks,
    Sameer

    • Thanks for the comment Sameer!

  69. Amod Amod

    Wish you a Happy Birthday.

  70. vallabh kapadi vallabh kapadi

    Hey Priyank…..Awesome piece of work…cmpletely mesmerised by it….dnt know if u remmber me…please keep up the Good Work…sorry Great Work!! Really Inspiring..hope to see u smetime!! tc

    • Vallabh! sahi, so nice to hear from you! I will send you an email…

  71. hi,
    i was planning to immigrate to canada with my family under skilled worker visa , but this catagery has been completed and has been filled totaly,
    according to you getting the job in canada is how much defficult.
    also i would like to know about the tax deduction system in canada , there slab and %.
    regards,
    rupen shah.

    • I have replied to this message.

  72. Good issues?I would note that as any person who in point of fact doesn’t write on blogs a lot (actually, this can be my first put up), I don’t assume the term ‘lurker’ could be very changing into to a non-posting reader. It’s now not your fault the least bit , however possibly the blogosphere may come up with a greater, non-creepy name for the 90% people that experience reading the content .

    • Hello, I did not understand this comment at all…

  73. Hi,
    I have just begun, have not written anything yet, Trisha (Rolling inspired me to start blogging, she said that you are her blogging guru). Learning to navigate my way around, added you to my blogroll, hope you drop in on me once in a while – it would be a great encouragement to me plus I would love to know you, and read you of course.
    Thank you
    Rajib

    • Hi Rajib, welcome to the world of blogging. It’s been about 4 months since you started, I hope you are still blogging regularly.

  74. Hope I got my URL correct this time.

  75. Hi Puku, hope to catch up with you all soon now. am now in Lucknow and I think am ready to start blogging again at WP. Hope you drop in on me when you have sometime.

    • Hi Trisha, nice to hear from you too. I’ll send you an email.

  76. Raji Raji

    Hey, nice to be back here after a long time. Came to check abt Bhutan Travelogue. Interesting to read your updated profile. Good to see you doing well always. Love. Raji.

    • Nice to hear from you too Raji!

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  78. This is just another Priyank from Ranchi Jharkhand.

    Came across your blog through a listing of top Indian bloggers. Glad to see so many Priyanks here 🙂

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