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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.