About the Author
Name: Priyank Thatte
Location: Toronto, Canada (unless he is traveling)
Interests: Outdoors, Travel, Sustainability, Indian Classical Music, Geeky stuff, Photography, Yoga,
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Page updated on March 01, 2011. Personality of the subject is highly volatile and is subject to change.
Priyank Thatte, born in Dombivli, a cultural hotspot of Mumbai, the financial capital of India, on a splendid rainy day of August 05 ‘81, claims to have created this website as a medium for expressing his random thoughts and idle musings. Priyank created this website in early 2000 and in all the time it existed, it has served no useful purpose to the world, other than to entertain himself. A true Leo and classic INTJ to the core, Priyank believes that he is a perfectionist, systematic and an intricate planner, while being fecundly intuitive and passionately creative at the same time. He uses adjectives quite liberally (as you just saw), clings to the phrase he coined “I believe I can fly” (which sometimes smacks of overconfidence and smartassedness. Also note that he wrote this phrase long before he had heard the English song…).
Routine stuff: Priyank completed his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the well-known (atleast in Toronto) Schulich School of Business and is now leading the life of a working man. He loves strategic social-sector stuff and did some freelance work and other interesting things that barely paid the bills but kept him going thru the recession nevertheless. Now that he has finished his capitalism-inspired degree, he decided to work in the public sector, for the greater good, rather than working for a private company obsessed with making money for one guy. He is currently happily employed at the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Government of Ontario, doing some quite interesting financial planning and analysis work. He previously worked
hard as a Business Analyst at Hydro One in Canada, and as a Project Planner at Tecnimont ICB and Aker Kvaerner in India, where he was chosen right after completing bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering from Mumbai university.
Interesting stuff: Priyank insists that his life is not boring at all as you might have thought after reading the paragraph above.
He loves to travel a lot and intends to have Visas of 13 countries on his passport by 2013 (he has budgeted his passport pages). As of now he has Bhutan, Canada (duh), India (pffft), Israel (including Palestine), Mexico, Peru, Russia and the USA. His major dream trip is to travel from Morocco to Vladivostok overland (trans-sahara, trans-middle east, trans-eastern europ, trans-central asia, trans-siberia and trans-manchuria. Besides travel, he loves his Sitar and uses it to produce some entertaining notes which he calls ‘music’. He proudly teaches music and
shamelessly plays at some random gigs (restaurants, weddings, parties, etc) in Toronto that fetches him some extra income which is promptly squandered on junk food and shopping for stuff that will never be used. He completed a half-marathon run in 2010 and may decide to run a proper marathon if his right knee permits. Priyank also has deep love for learning and forgetting languages. Besides Marathi, Hindi and English, he has successfully studied and forgotten Japanese, German, Russian and Spanish, in that order.
Priyank lives with his uber-awesome companion in their cute little apartment in west downtown Toronto and they share similarly dissimilar interests which makes life interesting. He thinks that biking is a form of meditation, his thoughts are often preoccupied with grocery lists, laundry logistics, dishes and he passionately talks about rising commodity prices and relating that to the fancy Economics jargon he learnt at school. Priyank dismisses the idea of single tasking and calls it inefficient. “Life is too short to do one thing at a time. All activities, except recreational sex, are dominated by the use of one or two sensory organs and there is no reason to keep the other three idling.” Oh and he likes to blurt random quotes and pretend to be an expert.
Our guy likes to pretend that he is very busy with the activities mentioned above and often you will notice him grumble about lack of time (“24 hours a day is just too less”). Also, he sleeps seven hours a day, dreams a lot, and claims to remember all of them after waking up. He likes to call himself a Leftist Libertarian (the same as Social Anarchist, but nobody knows what it really means) and often gets pissed off with governments and private corporations both. His thoughts about God vary from mild Atheism to Agnosticism, and yet most of his actions and behaviors agree with Hindu or eastern spiritualism which is remarkably open to free ideas.
About his website
Travel Blog: Priyank started his travel blog at the end of 2008 in an attempt to separate it from the personal blog and to cultivate his travelogue writing skills. His life philosophy is guided by the thrill of exploration and planned attempts to land in unplanned circumstances, something that he thinks is essential to keep life exciting and encouraging. His travel blog is an extension of his travel journal and he is happy to know that there is an audience for it.
Personal Blog: Priyank started blogging back in the middle of 2005 and has successfully kept his blog alive through ups and downs in his life, phases of despair and anxiety or excitement and joyfulness.
Priyank loves to meet new people and he will usually reply to all
nice emails he receives. You may ask him specific queries, comment in general, simply say ‘hi’, or offer him a drink (last one works best).
Priyank isn’t shy about meeting you either, if you are around downtown Toronto, let him know and he will show up on a bike. He hates cars because they consume oil, damage the environment, lead to wars and cause pollution. He also hates cars because he doesn’t own one.
Hope you have a good time here and don’t forget to leave a little comment!