The development of all classes in society is very important to a nation.One might think that this is the job of the government but there are people out there who dedicate their lives to give back to society because they think it is their duty. Most MBA’s work in finance or business but Gitanjali is a bit of an anomaly. She has taken her business skills to the field of development, making it her business to improve the quality of life for people who have little means to do it themselves.
I don’t have a specific profession, but I work in the development sector, and my area of expertise is communication & management.
What kind of a student were you in school and college?
I was always found outside class, playing basketball or preparing for some theatre, debate or dance competition. Academics weren’t the easiest for me because I have always been too restless to sit in a classroom!
And your favourite subjects?
English, Physics, Geography
Which teacher do you remember most and why?
I remember my English teacher from Class 4 very vividly, firstly because she had a rather amusing name – she was Ms. Malelu. She was one of the only people I had in school, who, apart from teaching me good English, encouraged my ideas and pushed me to be better.
When did you realize this is what you wanted to do?
My work needs to have meaning, so that when I go home every day, I am satisfied I have helped change someone’s life just a little bit for the better. This I have known for a long time. However, I took a few wrong turns, but I have no regrets. I believe that certain things happen just so that you take certain decisions which land you in the place you belong.
If I want to do what you do, what do I have to do?
You should probably study commerce in junior college, and then get a degree with subjects like Political Science, sociology, history or international relations. I highly recommend studying at universities like JNU, Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia, etc. You should have a high level of interest in international policies, politics, and so on. In your free time, try to write articles, form your own opinions on global issues, and also maybe work for an NGO whenever you can as a volunteer.
What’s your typical day like?
I don’t have a typical day, to be honest. Some of things I usually do at work, though, are planning activities under my program, writing emails, networking with local organizations, planning and attending conferences, and the best part, field visits.
What did you do with your first paycheck?
I have been working a very long time, and in a lot of different jobs. I got my first official paycheck when I was 18, which I handed over to my parents. Then of course, we treated ourselves to some good food, and lots of chocolate cake!
Name some joys of your profession.
The feeling, when I go home, that I have had a fulfilling day after doing meaningful work, that will eventually help someone lead a better life.
What makes you successful at what you do?
– being aware of how bad things can get, having the sensibility to determine right from wrong, and of course, a very strong base of information which only comes from a lot of reading.
Were you named after anyone?
No. However, my name means an offering of music and is the name of the Nobel Prize winning book written by Rabindranath Tagore.
What are some of your hobbies or passions?
I enjoy swimming, music, traveling (mainly in the hills) and photography
What is the most thrilling experience in your life?
I love exploring new places, and I believe the best way to experience the pulse of a place, is to sit a while, and just watch the world go by. Another way to understand a people, is to eat the food they eat. The most thrilling thing in life for me is when I can experience something new.
What book are you reading right now?
I am currently reading a book called Annapurna, which is the story of the first successful summit of the mountain in 1951 by a French climber. It is a very famous book in the mountaineering circles. It’s very exciting to read since I have been trekking in the region, and fascinating to see how things worked in mountaineering back when there was almost no high quality gear available, very less security, and mostly unexplored areas.
What is your animal spirit? Why?
I didn’t know how to answer this question, so I took an online test. The website told me I am a hawk with the following powers: Hawks are the messengers of the Spirits. Adept with language, you might be a writer or a teacher. Your ability to assess situations impartially means that people often seek your guidance before making decisions. A brilliant visionary, you sometimes forget the mundane details of life like eating, sleeping, or paying bills.
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